Halladay remains a Blue Jay for now

Tim Brown

SEATTLE – Meanwhile, Roy Halladay(notes) sat in limbo on a folding chair Wednesday morning.

As fellow Cleveland Indians shook hands with Cliff Lee(notes) and Ben Francisco(notes) in Anaheim, and Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik addressed a trade that sent five players to the Pittsburgh Pirates for shortstop Jack Wilson(notes) and mercurial right-hander Ian Snell(notes) ("No one's throwing up the white flag," Zduriencik said. "We're trying to get better.") in the first-base dugout here, Halladay was in a quiet visitors clubhouse flipping through the pages of a scouting report.

Still the prize in a trading-deadline period that has seen Matt Holliday(notes) go to the St. Louis Cardinals and now Lee to the Philadelphia Phillies, Halladay prepared for his start against the Mariners – perhaps his last with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Just the evening before, Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi had said he did not believe a team would meet his asking price for Halladay. On Wednesday morning, asked if he'd drawn any closer to a trade – both Los Angeles clubs, the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers are still poking around – Ricciardi said: "No."

The next-best starter on the market – Mariners lefty Jarrod Washburn(notes) – had thrown another solid seven innings the night before in front of scouts from the Yankees, Brewers, Phillies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins.

Neither the Dodgers nor Angels appear to have much interest in Washburn, who can be a free agent after the season. Instead, despite deficiencies in their starting rotations, both seem more likely to add to their bullpens – George Sherrill(notes) and Heath Bell(notes) are high on their lists – and hope the asking price on Halladay comes down.

Meantime, Wilson was hustling into Seattle – the Mariners had a car waiting at the airport for him – and the trading deadline drew a couple hours nearer.

"If some other dominoes fall," Zduriencik said, speaking generally but perhaps thinking Washburn, "people might get a little more aggressive."