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And the Price of Halladay Comes Down....

When the team owner says, three days before the trading deadline, that it needs to "bring costs reasonably under control and more in line with revenues," the team's best trading chip just got a lot less expensive for the Phillies....

And the Price of Halladay Comes Down....

When the team owner says, three days before the trading deadline, that it needs to "bring costs reasonably under control and more in line with revenues," the team's best trading chip just got a lot less expensive for the Phillies....

Phillies offer Donald, Carrasco and others to Blue Jays.

There's quite a gulf between Carlos Carrasco and Jason Donald + vs. Dominic Brown, Kyle Drabek, and J.A. Happ. Setting a low floor can be a good negotiating tactic unless you insult or annoy the other party so badly that they withdraw from negotiations.

Stark: Phillies Say No to Halladay for Happ, Drabek, and Brown

"According to an executive of one team that has spoken with the Phillies' brass, the Phillies are adamantly opposed to giving up both Happ and Drabek. . . . [A]nother source said the two sides are currently discussing 'a list of seven or eight names' that will constitute the framework of a 3-for-1 or 4-for-1 deal."

Ricciardi: Halladay for Happ, Drabek, Brown . . . and Hamels, Utley, Rollins, Howard, Taylor, Savery, and Madson

Yes, there are always going to be stories like this where some reporter insists that some ridiculous configurations are being mentioned. But this one in this morning's Inky is kind of outrageous: "Ricciardi would not name the Phillies players he wants, but several people with knowledge of the talks between the two teams said the Jays would require pitchers Drabek and Happ in the deal. And that's just a start. There are indications that the Jays also like minor-league outfielder Dominic Brown . . . ."

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