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The Blue Jays single-handedly brightened a dreary trade market when they unexpectedly dangled ace Roy Halladay, catching nearly everyone's attention, including even the Giants (who already have the game's best one-two pitching punch in Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain) and the Rangers (who are in the midst of an unsettled ownership situation and have cash-flow problems). Rating his potential impact on a scale of 1 to 10, one interested executive says, "He's a 500."
Halladay's availability was an eye-opener; what would be more surprising now is if he were traded anywhere but Philadelphia. The Phillies badly need an arm, and they have the other elements to make a deal: deep enough pockets to take on the balance of the righthander's contract and a bevy of frontline prospects, the most prized of which are righthander Kyle Drabek and outfielder Dominic Brown. The other names in Philly's system being discussed are outfielder Michael Taylor, shortstop Jason Donald and pitcher Carlos Carrasco. The other contenders for Halladay, who is signed through 2010, could include the Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Cardinals, Brewers, Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, White Sox and Tigers.
While Halladay, 32, is the biggest prize of the shopping season, he isn't the only one. Here's a primer before the July 31 trade deadline.
TEAMS SEEKING BATS