Roy Halladay Rumors: Thursday

The Blue Jays are not resigned to trading ace pitcher Roy Halladay, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.  However, Feinsand believes Halladay "wants out of Toronto," and would require an extension as part of waiving his no-trade clause.  As you know, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos won't rule out trading within the division, opening up Yankees and Red Sox speculation.

SI's Jon Heyman says the Yankees will inquire on Halladay; why wouldn't they?  Heyman believes Halladay favors a deal to an East Coast team and was willing to go to the Yankees or Red Sox last summer.  Since then, the asking price has presumably come down.  Heyman also expects the Mets to check in on Doc, but sees them as a long shot.

Feinsand and Heyman also get into the Yankees' other options to add top-level pitching.  Feinsand says the Yankees "already have their sights set on signing either Halladay or Cliff Lee if both become free agents after next season," but fear Lee might sign an extension with the Phillies.  He says Yankees officials have mixed opinions on whether to pursue John Lackey this winter.



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