Report: BoSox unwilling to part with Buchholz for Halladay

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SI.com’s Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing the Red Sox won’t surrender either Clay Buchholz or Casey Kelly in a deal for Roy Halladay.
So what is the market for Halladay now? The Dodgers and Phillies don’t seem to have the cash, and no one thinks think Monday’s rumor sending him to the Rays had anything behind it.
The Yankees still have the talent to bring in Halladay even after landing Curtis Granderson — two players from the group of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Jesus Montero would be plenty sufficient — but if they really want to roll back payroll, it’d be hard to accomplish with Halladay on the books.
The Angels and Mets are two possibilities, perhaps even the top two at this point. The Angels can surrender prospects along with either Joe Saunders or Ervin Santana. The Mets don’t have as much to offer, but Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Martinez could be put on the table. The Red Sox would have a very, very difficult time doing a deal without Buchholz or Kelly.

Report: The White Sox and Diamondbacks are in on Manny Machado

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Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the White Sox and Diamondbacks have emerged as two of the strongest contenders for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Baltimore will deal their superstar infielder this winter, but nothing appears imminent just yet. While both the White Sox and D-backs have reportedly made serious offers, Orioles owner Peter Angelos is wary of any non-contending team that might be incentivized to flip Machado to the rival Yankees next season.

The White Sox, for their part, have assured the Orioles that they view Machado more as a solid one-year rental than the new face of their franchise, with no immediate plans to deal him elsewhere. Given their current rebuilding status and the unlikelihood that they would contend in 2018, it makes their offer a bit of a head-scratcher — and, as USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale points out, they’ve been reluctant to put any top-5 prospects on the table in preliminary negotiations.

The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are far better positioned to enter the postseason in 2018, though that doesn’t automatically make them the perfect landing spot for Machado. They already have Jake Lamb stationed at third base, and while it’s not inconceivable that they could jettison the Ketel Marte/Chris Owings/Nick Ahmed shortstop platoon for someone of Machado’s talent, his $17 million salary appears to be more than the D-backs are currently capable of absorbing.

The White Sox and D-backs may have exhibited the most interest in Machado so far, but they’re hardly the only contenders here. MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko maintains that the Cardinals and Yankees remain in discussions for the 25-year-old, with Cardinals’ RHP Jordan Hicks and catcher Carson Kelly drawing interest, as well as Yankees’ top prospect Gleyber Torres. Any deal involving the Yankees still feels like a long shot, however; as Craig mentioned on Wednesday, it makes sense that the club wouldn’t want to see their star player hanging around their division rivals in 2018, and the Yankees should be well prepared to make a run at him in free agency next winter.