Your Daily Halladay Update: He still ain't goin' anywhere

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The Jays are imposing their own trade deadline, and confirming my long-held suspicions about the unlikelihood of trading Doc Halladay:

Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi still hasn’t received an
appropriate trade offer for Roy Halladay, and has set a July 28
deadline to complete a deal for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.

“At this point, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll trade Doc,” Ricciardi said Tuesday.

Ricciardi says that the the early deadline is necessary because any
Halladay deal is going to be complicated, but my suspicion is that it
serves two other purposes, one kind of minor and one a bit more
significant.

The minor one is that it creates a bit more pressure for teams that
really want Halladay to get moving. The more significant one is to give
Ricciardi a couple of days to gut the rest of the roster if Halladay
is, in fact, traded. Because let’s be honest, if Halladay is gone, the
fans are going to stop showing up, there will be no need to keep up
appearances, and the Jays will deal anything that isn’t nailed down.

But I think the real thing to take away from this is that Ricciardi
isn’t getting anywhere near the offers he needs to unload Doc, and for
that reason, he’s not likely to be dealt.

Yoenis Cespedes blames a lack of golf for his early season slump

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Back during the 2015 playoffs the sorts of New York media types who love to find reasons to criticize players for petty reasons decided to criticize Yoenis Cespedes for playing golf the day of a playoff game. The Mets won the series with the Cubs during which the controversy, such as it was, occurred and it was soon dropped.

It was picked back up again in 2016 when Cespedes, while on the disabled list with a strained quad, was seen playing golf. Despite the fact that everyone involved said that golf did not contribute to his injury and that golf would have no impact on his injured quad, it was deemed “a bad look” by a columnist looking to get some mileage out of bashing Cespedes for having a hobby that probably half of all ballplayers share. They did it when he showed off his fancy cars too, by the way, even though just about every ballplayer has a fancy car or three. When you’re a superstar in New York — especially when you’re one with whom the media is not particularly close for various reasons — you’re going to catch hell for seemingly nothing.

Now there’s a new twist to the Cespedes golf saga. Yoenis himself says that his poor start — he’s hitting .195/.258/.354 and leads the league in strikeouts — is due to . . . not enough golf! From the New York Times:

He gave a possible reason for the poor start this weekend: not playing enough golf, a hobby beloved by many baseball players. And, yes, he is serious.

“In previous seasons, one of the things I did when I wasn’t going well was to play golf,” he said after a game on Friday in which he struck out four times but still drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning. “This year, I’m not playing golf.”

The story says Cespedes quit golf last summer because he worried that it was contributing to hamstring problems. He’s thinking about going back to it soon, as he thinks it’ll help his swing. Given that he’ll catch hell either way, he may as well do what he wants.