Blue Jays Want Montero in Halladay Deal

What I’ve feared most has finally become reality.

jesus-monteroAccording to Joel Sherman, the Yankees remain in the hunt for Roy Halladay “because the Blue Jays covet prospect Jesus Montero.”

If you’ve been following, I’ve been saying all along that I’d approve a deal for Halladay under two conditions.

  1. The Yankees keep Montero.
  2. The Yankees deal either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain — not both.

Based on this report, it looks like the only way the Yankees are going to acquire Halladay is by parting with Montero. That’s why I say, it’s time for the Yankees to PULL OUT (like Tiger)!

Why am I clinging to Montero so tightly? He’s one of the best hitting prospects in the minor leagues, and he plays at the most valuable defensive position (catcher). His catching skills need some work, but everyone needs to realize he is only 20 years old. He certainly has time to develop his catching skills.

This brings me to another point, Austin Romine. If you don’t know who he is, he’s also a catcher for Double-A last year with Montero. At the moment, he possesses a better glove than Montero, but doesn’t nearly have the same bat. I’d prefer to keep both catching prospects, but if I had to risk moving one of them, I’d definitely try and sell Romine.

This article is also featured in lenNY’s Yankees.

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2 Responses to Blue Jays Want Montero in Halladay Deal

  1. That's exactly the way I feel, Lenny. No way should the Yanks deal Montero, especially given the paucity of position prospects the Yankees have in the minors. If the Yankees' rotation were poor, then I would consider it, but the rotation is strong. Halliday would be a great addition, but the Yanks are and should not be desperate for him.

    Keep Montero. No trading both Joba and Hughes, either.

  2. Matt Imbrogno says:

    1. I love the "Tiger Pulls Out" link. Very well done, Len.
    2. No trading Montero*. No trading Joba*. No trading Hughes*. No Halladay.

    *Unless it's for King Felix or Josh Johnson…which isn't gonna happen. Ever.