Report: BoSox unwilling to part with Buchholz for Halladay

Leave a comment’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.

Danny Duffy exits spring training game with left shoulder tightness

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Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.

The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.

The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.