Our good friend Tim Brown at yahoo! sports is reporting the Dodgers and Red Sox have grabbed the lead in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes.
According to Brown, the Dodgers’ offer is believed to be all minor league prospects except right-handed pitcher James McDonald, who has pitched 38 major league innings.
Starters Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw have not been offered, and neither have any of the team’s starting position players.
Additionally, the Red Sox’s offer includes top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz. The Blue Jays also have been given the choice of reliever Justin Masterson, Triple-A pitcher Michael Bowden or Double-A first baseman Lars Anderson, with lesser prospects from the farm system filling out the Boston offer. The Red Sox from the beginning have included Buchholz because the Blue Jays made it clear he would have to be the starting point of any deal.
This is getting crazy. I mean, if the Dodgers can somehow pry Halladay loose without giving up anyone of note on the big club, it would be a huge, huge get.