At this hour, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is dancing around his bedroom to MC Hammer's "Can't touch this." Reason being - all this hullabaloo seems to stem from the Phillies' reluctance to deal their prized prospect, the player Toronto wants most of all. They'll need to settle for Travis d'Arnaud, a player the Phillies like a lot, outfielder Michael Taylor, who they like less than Brown, and either Kyle Drabek or J.A. Happ. Indeed, a boatload of young talent, intended to jump-start a rebuilding franchise, appears headed north of the border in exchange for Roy Halladay and possibly $6 million in cash. Happ tied for the team lead in wins last season and finished runner up for Rookie of the Year. The other three are rated 2-through-4 in the Phillies' chain by Baseball America, Drabek being the highest. The last we heard of Drabek was that he was a deal-breaker in the July negotiations between these two sides. Amaro's willingness to pull the trigger now may be tied to a completely separate salary dump type deal in which the Mariners would receive ace left-hander Cliff Lee in exchange for 2007 first-round pick (11th overall), 6-7 right-hander Phillippe Aumont, soon 21, considered a closer prospect, along with 21-year-old tools outfielder Tyson Gillies, who appeared in the Futures Games this season and hit .341/.430/.486 with 42 SB, 9 HR with Seattle's High-A affiliate. According to report by a Seattle paper, both are blocked in the Mariners' chain.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press jumped in with a report that Joe Blanton, the subject of rumors during the Winter Meetings, Happ and Brown took physicals Monday in Philadelphia. The AP also reported the commissioner's office granted a three-day window for the Jays and Phils to hash out a deal Sunday.
We'll have more details as this story unfolds, but for now, the only near certainty is that Doc Halladay, who sported a lights-out 155 ERA+ last season, is set to become the Phillies' ace for the next four seasons.
12:32 a.m. update: Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reports the deal will involve Drabek, and could include a third prospect coming to Philadelphia.