Mets never had chance at Halladay

Watching Roy Halladay make history yesterday made me wonder if he could have made it for the Mets.

HALLADAY: Never would have been a Met

Reportedly, the Mets rejected a trade proposal from Toronto that would have had them sending Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell, Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez to the Blue Jays.

It would be great to have Halladay, especially in light of Johan Santana’s injury, but it never was going to happen.

Why?

Because it wasn’t true, said then Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi.

It was absolutely wrong,” Ricciardi told USA Today. “We didn’t exchange names with the Mets. I felt so bad for [Mets GM] Omar [Minaya] because there was no truth to it. None. Now, he’s the one who has to answer why they didn’t get Halladay.’’

Trade talks never got to the name-exchanging stage for several reasons, beginning with Halladay having a no-trade clause in his contract with the Blue Jays and there was no hint of him wanting to come to New York.


Most importantly – or the deal breaker – from the Mets’ perspective , is the Blue Jays would not have allowed a negotiating window for the Mets to work an extension. It would have amounted to trading four prospects for a rental, which would have made no sense.

Halladay said he wanted to play for a contender, and signed with Philadelphia after the off-season trade because the Phillies were the superior team and the Mets did not offer him a similar opportunity to win.

The trade, if executed, wouldn’t have helped the Mets last year any way, and with their anemic offense, would it really have made much of a difference this season?

While the Mets would have loved to have had Halladay, they still like the pieces they retained.

Both Niese and Parnell made strides to where there is optimism they will be productive pitchers. And, with Francisco Rodriguez’s situation up in the air, Parnell could evolve as the club’s closer.

Niese will enter spring training as one of the Mets’ three starters, with the other two spots to be determined.

Tejada has a major league glove, but hasn’t proven he can hit consistently. Martinez hasn’t proven he can stay healthy.

8 thoughts on “Mets never had chance at Halladay

  1. I would do that trade if we have him to a 5 year contract or whatever.

    I like Niese, but he is no Halladay. I fear Bobby is not a big impact guy and Rueben has bat issues. FMart is not healthy and so isn’t helping the club anyway.

  2. I voted no on the survey. The Wilpons have yet to do what they say.

    Or what they say is doublespeak. Last year they said we will be competitive. Well, we are a few games below 500. I guess that can be considered competitive. They said they will enhance their injury communications. I did not know what that meant then and I still don’t.

  3. The Mets did reduce the number of “games lost to injury” in 2010 to about the league average. So maybe that’s what the Wilpons meant by “injury communication”.

    Lost in the excitement of Halladay’s no hitter (watching it you felt the Reds had no chance of even hitting the ball solidly) was Cliff Lee had a great outing. But I think we all know which New York team he will be signing with for 2011, even though the Mets will keep saying “we have $40 million coming of the books in 2012″.