TORONTO -- Quite a scene Friday night in the Rogers Centre in what might have been Roy Halladay's farewell to the Blue Jays. He pitched nine innings but didn't get much offensive support as the Blue Jays lost in the 10th to the Rays, 4-2.
There was thus no curtain call for Halladay, who simply walked off the mound to a standing ovation in the ninth and starting getting handshakes (above) from his teammates like catcher Rod Barajas. Halladay then sat down next to Cito Gaston discussing his chances of working a 10th inning. There were none because he had already thrown 115 pitches.
The rumors are building that Halladay is getting dealt before the trade deadline, most likely to the Phillies. But Halladay doesn't seem so sure. He surprised reporters during a postgame press conference by insisting he thought he'd still be in Toronto come next week.
"It's obviously a complicated situation and I think for that reason I never felt like there's been a big press by me wanting to be moved," he said. "It's more the ideal situation type thing for the Blue Jays and, in certain cases, myself."
Halladay then disputed reports he told the Jays he's not interested in signing an extension and would definitely head to free agency after 2010, when his contract expires. He did admit, however, that it's unlikely he would sign an extension with Toronto this winter if he isn't traded.
"For me, I like being here," he said. "Whether we have a chance to win next year or the year after, I don't know. I would hope so. But for me, it was more that I would like to wait and see. It has nothing to do with what I might get elsewhere. It has to do that I don't have a crystal ball.
"I would rather assess the situation when the contract is up. I don't believe like I'm trying to go somewhere else. I would just like to wait, try to see what's going to happen. Where's the best place to win? It could be here. It might be here. I just don't have that crystal ball. It's an organization that's trying to move forward. There's a lot to look forward to here. For me, it's just more of a wait and see."
Most reporters in the room left more confused than when they walked in. Still seems like it's the Phillies or bust for a Halladay deal. You keep hearing about the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Rays kicking the can but those teams either don't have the prospects or would be unlikely to part with them. The Phillies have them and would part with them in the quest to repeat as World Series champions.
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