07/28/09 11:16 PM ET
Phils turning attention to Lee, Washburn
Discussions with Blue Jays about Halladay may be fading
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Were the Phillies going to get Halladay before Toronto's soft deadline?
No, they weren't.
But Tuesday's deadline does not mean Halladay will not be traded. Baseball's official non-waiver Trade Deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, and Halladay remains in play.
The Phillies have been pursuing Halladay for weeks, but while the teams continue to talk, sources said they have not made progress in recent days. The Blue Jays want a group that includes J.A. Happ, Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown. The Phillies don't want to part with Drabek.
Both teams have held firm in their demands.
"It doesn't matter if it's today or tomorrow or Friday or next week," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi told Yahoo! Sports. "Nothing is close. Nothing is happening."
Sources said the chances of Halladay joining the Phillies have faded, which is why the Phillies are looking at Indians left-hander Cliff Lee and Mariners left-hander Jarrod Washburn. In fact, one source indicated the Phillies have turned their attention to Lee because they believe they have a better chance of coming to an agreement with the Indians regarding prospects.
Phillies top scout Charley Kerfeld watched Washburn pitch in Seattle on Tuesday. He will watch Halladay pitch against the Mariners on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays had scouts watching Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday after they watched Drabek pitch for Double-A Reading on Monday.
Kerfeld's presence Wednesday in Seattle and Toronto's continued presence in the Phillies' farm system indicates that while talks might have stalled, they are not dead.
Of course, Amaro isn't saying anything.
"We've had several discussions with many clubs," Amaro said.
How are those discussions?
"They're discussions," he said.
Ricciardi, who has talked frequently in recent weeks about Halladay, did not return several messages from MLB.com seeking comment.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.