Today in Bluebird Banter History: Roy Halladay Trade

Two years ago today Roy Halladay was traded.

After a confusing couple of days worth of rumors, we had the trade. Roy Halladay and $6 million to the Phillies for Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor and Travis d'Arnaud. Taylor was immediately moved to Oakland for Brett Wallace, who, for a few months was our first baseman of the future. Then he was traded to Houston for Anthony Gose, our current center fielder of the future.

Two seasons later, we still can't judge the deal from the Blue Jays end. I'm sure the Phillies are happy. Doc has won them 40 games and they have been in the playoffs both years.

On our side:

  • Kyle Drabek looked good in 2009, but 2010 was a lost year for him, or maybe it was the strike zone that got lost. I'd like to think he can turn things around but he doesn't look like the sure thing that he did a year ago.
  • Travis d'Arnaud had an ok 2010 but then a terrific 2011, hitting .311/.371/.542 for the Fisher Cats. A good 2012 in Vegas and Alex is going to have a great problem on his hands.
  • Michael Taylor had 30 lousy at bats for the A's last season and hit .272/.360/.456 in Triple-A Sacramento, not great numbers for the PCL. The guy we got for Taylor, Brett Wallace, played 115 games for the Astros in 2011 hitting .259/.334/.354, not the numbers you would want out of a first baseman. So I'm happy we have Anthony Gose.

So will the help of 2 years worth of hindsight, what do you think of the trade?

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