Some of us are born lazy, others just have deadlines to meet and need to crank out some copy for a demanding editor who's blowing steam out of his ears. Dan Graziano of The Star-Ledger (via MLBTR) may be a little from column A and a little from column B, but make no mistake that he is indeed a very lazy man for writing the following:
ROY HALLADAY, Blue Jays RHP The whispers just won't go away. Halladay is apparently unhappy in Toronto and has let management know it, and management has apparently responded by doing some quiet surveying of teams (such as St. Louis and the Dodgers) that are far, far away from the AL East in an effort to see what it could get for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner. Apparently, the returns other teams are getting for top-talent pitchers such as C.C. Sabathia, Rich Harden and Erik Bedard has inspired the Blue Jays to at least find out what it could get for one of the best pitchers in the American League. It remains unlikely that they'd deal him, but you never know.
Yeah, actually the whispers did go away when Halladay spoke to the Toronto sports media the day after his "Ground Hog Day" comments were misinterpreted by a few of the sloppier local hacks. He doesn't want to leave, we don't want him to leave, and JP said last night that he'll be sitting down with all parties at the end of the season to try and hammer out an extension.
But hey, Graziano, run with that week-old, factually incorrect story and spread some false rumours.
-- Johnny Was