FOXSports.com Ken Rosenthal and John Paul Morosi are reporting, that the chances of Roy Halladay being traded have officially been downgraded to "slim".
The two spoke with Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi who had the following to say.
"We've said that we would listen, but that we would have to be motivated and 'wowed,' "Right now we haven't been. I've said all along my gut tells me I won't be. I still stand by that."
"If we get to the last week and haven't really made any progress with anybody, I'm not going to say it's 100 percent certain, but I would have to pretty much think it's not going to get done."
The last we heard of Halladay the Blue Jays turned down an offer for J.A. Happ, Carlos Carrasco, Michael Taylor and Jason Donald, which is likely to be the best offer the Jays get. All indication out of Philadelphia is that studs Kyle Drabek and Dominic Brown are officially off the table. If that's the case then you can just about forget the Phillies.
Furthermore, the Yankees have no intent on giving up Phil Hughes for Halladay, which knocks them out. The Red Sox don't seem to want to part with Buchholz and others for Halladay, so drop them off the list. The Rangers have the prospects, but probably don't have the financial capability, so lets dump them. The Brewers have the prospects, but Halladay probably wouldn't accept a deal there, so say bye-bye to Milwaukee. The White Sox have the guts to pull off a deal; however, they don't have the prospects (assuming Beckham is untouchable), so forget them. The Dodgers have the prospects and the wherewithal to make it happen, but they're not including Kershaw, which means they're not getting Halladay, so forget that.
In the end I just can't come up with a conceivable package that gets Halladay out of Toronto. I always thought the Phillies would crack and package Drabek and Happ, but now I'm second-guessing that. Looks like Halladay may be stuck drinking Molson Ice and watching the Maple Leafs for at least another year.