The speculation has already begun that the two teams who are very interested in the Blue Jays’ Roy Halladay are both from the state of California. That would be the Angels and the Dodgers. And while there have been rumors that the Dodgers will send Chad Billingsley to Toronto in exchange for Halladay, it’s starting to look like that is highly unlikely.
I wasn’t really sure where LA stood in these discussions with Halladay, but we’ve got to always remember that everything is just speculation until something actually happens. And it doesn’t seem like anything is going to happen with this Halladay deal.
I just don’t think that the Dodgers can give up Billingsley for Halladay. Like GM Ned Colletti said in the quote at the bottom of that Los Angeles Times story, that isn’t going to completely improve your starting pitcher. Sending a good pitcher away for another good pitcher does nothing. It makes the rotation stay the same everywhere. Halladay isn’t going to make Hiroki Kuroda better. I know I continue to pick on Kuroda, but there is inconsistency there, and that’s what the Dodgers don’t need right now.
I’ll continue to harp on this all off-season, but the pitching has to improve, and one guy isn’t going to improve the starting pitching 1 through 5. It’s going to take a lot more than that. So the Dodgers may have to settle for less than a number one, and simply just try to build the entire rotation with a few other solid pitchers.
Because in order to get a number one starter, they’re going to have to give up a lot. I read my latest Sporting News magazine the other day, and they were talking about James Loney being expendable and involved in any possible trades that the Dodgers make. Well, in my opinion, Loney is not expendable. There’s no way they get rid of this guy. At least I hope they don’t.
But we’ll see if any more rumors fly in this Halladay deal, but as of right now, I wouldn’t bank on seeing him in blue and white next year. Unless of course it’s in Toronto.