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What's up with Doc?

There's some buzz building around the major leagues about the possibility that Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay (right) may be traded by the July 31 deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers.

My first reaction is, there will be no trade. Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said he would listen to trade proposals if anyone wants to make a play for Halladay, but insisted that he is not shopping him.

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My second reaction is, if there were a way the Orioles could get him without completely dismantling the rebuilding program, I think Andy MacPhail would have to consider it, but that equation is way too complicated for there to be more than some wishful thinking on the part of Orioles fans.

My third reaction is, too bad Halladay isn't eligible to become a free agent this November instead of next year, because he would be the guy to overwhelm going into a 2010 season in which the Orioles hope to be competitive. Halladay, at his best, would make a competitive team a contending team, and he might be the perfect leader for the youthful O's rotation.

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I'm running out of reactions, but I would not give up Nolan Reimold and a top pitching prospect to rent Halladay for 1 1/2 seasons. He would have to be signed long-term to make that kind of developmental sacrifice, and the only way that happens is if he secretly pines to play for the Orioles. I'm not holding my breath.

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