Saturday, November 29, 2008

Trading Halladay would send 'the wrong signal'

TORONTO — With it becoming more and more apparent that the Toronto Blue Jays are going to forego dipping their toes in the free-agent market during this period of economic instability, it will be left to general manager J.P. Ricciardi to try to strengthen the team through trades.

But that doesn't mean the team is willing to part with Roy Halladay, it's key asset.

"I think if the team were to trade Halladay, it would dramatically be the wrong signal to the fans," said one Jays' insider.

"Trading Halladay would indicate that we've given up on the 2009 season, and that isn't the case," said another. "We like our young players and think we can be competitive."

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