Phillies reject proposed trade for Halladay

The Philadelphia Phillies have rejected a proposed trade for Toronto ace Roy Halladay because the Blue Jays’ asking price was too high, ESPN has reported on its website.

The Philadelphia Phillies have rejected a proposed trade for Toronto ace Roy Halladay because the Blue Jays’ asking price was too high, ESPN has reported on its website.

The report claims Toronto was asking for impressive rookie pitcher J.A. Happ, top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek and outfield prospect Dominic Brown in return for the 32-year-old all-star.

Citing an unnamed source, ESPN reported that the Phillies are opposed to giving up both Happ and Drabek.

Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi has set a loose cutoff of Tuesday for getting a trade for Halladay done, although he’ll push that back right up to the July 31 non-waiver deadline if enough groundwork is in place.

Halladay said after his start on Friday that expects to stay with the Blue Jays.

“Right now, I think I will be here,” Halladay said. “It’s obviously a complicated situation … If there was an urgency to be somewhere else and urgency from the team to have me somewhere else, I think it would be different.”

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