Via Anthony McCarron –
THREE DAYS after the Daily News wrote that the Red Sox were “putting on a full-court press” to trade for Roy Halladay, a report out of Canada says the Toronto ace has told the Blue Jays he would waive his no-trade clause for a deal – to the Yankees.
A story on Canada’s Slam Sports Web site Friday quoted an unnamed major league executive as saying, “I don’t know when he is going and I don’t know where he’s going. But I do know that Halladay has told the Jays he’ll approve a trade to the Yankees.” The story was written by Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, a nominee this year for election to the writer’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
A baseball source said all was quiet when asked Friday if a Halladay-to-the Yankees trade was imminent.
Halladay, 32, has used his full no-trade power in the past – last season he said he would not approve deals to either Minnesota or Texas, but that roadblock appears to be out of the way for a potential Yankee trade.
I’m sure the staff at the Yankees Clubhouse store would welcome back that “Black Friday” rush of shoppers, before X-mas, looking to add that “Roy Halladay Yankees Jersey” to their under-the-tree collection for this year…should the Yankees be able to pull off this deal, quickly.
But, what number would Halladay wear in New York? #32 is retired. Swisher has #33. And, Burnett has #34. Would Roy want #31? That’s his, if he wants it. Or, would he go for #35? Or, maybe he would want #22? Perhaps the bigger question is whether #62 or #65 would be available if the Yankees do trade for him?