Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Red Sox offer Buchholz and Bowden for Toronto's Halladay

*From: Sports.Yahoo.com

Trade Buzz: Boston adds Buchholz to Halladay offer

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Editor’s note: This is the latest from around baseball as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches. Be sure to check back throughout the day for more trade updates. Last update: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET.

The Boston Red Sox have offered at least three players – no-hit pitcher Clay Buchholz(notes), Triple-A pitching prospect Michael Bowden(notes) and top outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland – to the Toronto Blue Jays for ace Roy Halladay(notes), according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. Because the Blue Jays, who are vigorously shopping Marco Scutaro(notes), are also looking for a shortstop, the Red Sox may be trying to draw a third team into negotiations to satisfy Toronto’s need.

Both of Boston general manager Theo Epstein’s trading-deadline blockbusters of the last five years have involved multiple teams: When the Red Sox traded shortstop Nomar Garciaparra(notes) at the deadline in 2004, three other teams were involved – the Twins (who sent first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz(notes) to Boston), the Expos (who dealt shortstop Orlando Cabrera(notes) to Boston), and the Cubs (who acquired Garciaparra and prospects). Last year, Epstein traded Manny Ramirez(notes) to the Dodgers in a three-way deal in which the Red Sox acquired left fielder Jason Bay(notes) from the Pirates.

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Buchholz threw a no-hitter against the Orioles in his second big league start Sept. 1, 2007, then struggled and began this year in Triple-A Pawtucket. The right-hander is scheduled to pitch Tuesday night at Fenway Park against Oakland.

Bowden, like Buchholz a 2005 first-round sandwich pick in the draft, has had brief big league experience and is now in Triple-A Pawtucket. Westmoreland, 19, is a fifth-round pick out of Portsmouth (R.I.) who has six home runs, six doubles and 11 stolen bases in 32 games for the short-season Class A Lowell Spinners and projects as one of the best athletes in the system.

Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi has told the Red Sox and Yankees that they will have to pay a premium for the Blue Jays to trade Halladay within the division. Ricciardi also had set a deadline of Tuesday for trading Halladay, but has since suggested that is a soft deadline.

Boston’s offer on the face of it is competitive with the package Toronto is seeking from the Philadelphia Phillies, the team widely considered the front-runner for the Blue Jays ace. The Blue Jays have asked for rookie left-hander J.A. Happ(notes), Double-A pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, and 19-year-old outfielder Dominic Taylor, but so far the Phillies have balked on including Drabek in the deal.

Daniel Bard(notes) and his 100-mile-an-hour fastball have been declared off-limits by the Red Sox. So has Casey Kelly, the team’s No. 1 pick last season who is torn between pitching and playing every day at shortstop. He made a spectacular debut as a pitcher this spring in Class A and now is being given the chance to play short.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, who also are in the running for Halladay, will not include left-hander Clayton Kershaw(notes) in any proposal for Halladay but have talked internally about possibly parting with Chad Billingsley(notes), according to one league source.


*From sports.yahoo.com

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