Did Toronto do better with Halladay than Twins did with Johan?

Posted on December 16th, 2009 – 8:34 AM
By Joe Christensen

If your head is spinning, trying to determine winners and losers in this week’s¬†blockbuster deal between Toronto, Philadelphia, Seattle (and Oakland), ESPN’s Jayson Stark gives a good team-by-team breakdown here.

I’m most impressed¬†by Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik’s ability to get involved and give his team a 1-2 punch of Felix Hernandez/Cliff Lee at a time when the Angels have just lost John Lackey (to Boston) and Chone Figgins (to the Mariners).

I don’t know enough about the prospects involved to know how Toronto ultimately did in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes, or how Philadelphia did in the Cy Young for Cy Young swap of Lee for Halladay. For Twins followers, Stark makes an interesting point toward the bottom of his column:

Whether the Blue Jays’ end of this deal makes total sense is another story. “I thought they’d get more,” said one scout. But when you size this up, they did better than the Twins did in the Johan Santana deal, got more than the Indians got in either the CC Sabathia or Lee deals and at least got this over with — for everyone’s sake.

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