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.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.