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July 31, 2009

Halladay deal looks dead with three hours to go

A source close to the trade talks for right-hander Roy Halladay said that it was a quiet morning at Rangers world headquarters in Arlington and it now appears unlikely that the former Cy Young Award winner will join the Rangers for a playoff push.

So, has the deal cooled because of money or the package of prospects Toronto wanted? It could be both.

Sources seemed split Thursday night, two saying money wasn't a factor and another two saying it was. The Rangers are for sale. General manager Jon Daniels had been working under the assumption than he couldn't add to the payroll at the trade deadline, which arrives in just under three hours.

But the Blue Jays wanted Derek Holland and Justin Smoak in a deal, and the Rangers have never been too eager to deal with either way. That was probably reinforced Thursday night, when Holland took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning before settling for one run allowed on two hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Barring an 11th-hour breakthrough, the Rangers that took the field Thursday night appear to be the ones who will try to take the club to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

-- Jeff Wilson


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Good. Don't do the trade.

I agree AvgJim. Halladay is a guy the Rangers probably wouldn't have in 2 years anyways once he becomes a free agent. Keep Holland and Smoak, who will hopefully produce for years to come, and who will cost less money. I like the current team anyways and don't really want to see the chemistry messed up.

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