Via Gordon Edes –
The Boston Red Sox have offered at least three players – no-hit pitcher Clay Buchholz, Triple-A pitching prospect Michael Bowden and top outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland – to the Toronto Blue Jays for ace Roy Halladay, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Because the Blue Jays, who are vigorously shopping Marco Scutaro, are also looking for a shortstop, the Red Sox may be trying to draw a third team into negotiations to satisfy Toronto’s need.
Both of Boston general manager Theo Epstein’s trading-deadline blockbusters of the last five years have involved multiple teams: When the Red Sox traded shortstop Nomar Garciaparra at the deadline in 2004, three other teams were involved – the Twins (who sent first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to Boston), the Expos (who dealt shortstop Orlando Cabrera to Boston), and the Cubs (who acquired Garciaparra and prospects). Last year, Epstein traded Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers in a three-way deal in which the Red Sox acquired left fielder Jason Bay from the Pirates.
Beckett, Lester and Halladay in the same rotation? Should the Yankees be scared?