He's considered by many to be among the premiere pitchers in the major leagues, and he may be trade bait.
Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi has spoken to his ace, Roy Halladay, about the possibility that he might be traded this season.
"We're not inclined to move him," Ricciardi told ESPN's Buster Olney, "but we're going to see what's out there,"
Halladay has a no-trade clause, however, that limits where the Blue Jays could potentially send him.
Last year the big pre-trade deadline name was CC Sabathia, who went to the Milwaukee Brewers mid-season in exchange for outfielder Matt LaPorta, pitchers Zach Jackson, Rob Bryson, and Michael Brantley.
Was the deal worth it? Brewers fans certainly thought so at the end of the 2008 regular season when the team made the playoffs. LaPorta is the only one of that trade currently on the Indians' roster, and he's batting .190.
So, Chicago baseball fans - would you trust Jim Hendry and Kenny Williams to give up a truckload of the right prospects to see Roy Halladay wearing black or blue pinstripes? Would you want them to?
If anything, pitching in Chicago is among the few things that both teams are doing right. The Cubs have the third fewest runs allowed in 2009. And the White Sox have the second lowest ERA in the American League.
While big-name trades can do wonder for the collective moral of a fan base (see: Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears) in this case it doesn't make a ton of sense.
So I say let the Phillies, Mets, Red Sox and anyone else who may be interested clamor and claw for Halladay's services. And if a true leadoff hitter goes on the trading block - well, then let's revisit this whole prospect discussion.