Over several days, the Jays had lost the Phillies as a suitor and the Yankees' and Brewers' interest had ebbed. The Dodgers and Red Sox maintained occasional contact with J.P. Ricciardi, the Jays' general manager, but seemed reluctant to meet Ricciardi's demands for the pitcher many scouts believe is the best in the game.
A couple reports late Thursday night suggested the Rangers had returned to the table – though only a couple days before, club officials had expressed doubt that they could take on Halladay's salary for the next two seasons.
The Red Sox, for one, weren't expected to spend the entire day on Halladay, but to engage Ricciardi early before taking up the possibilities of San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez(notes) and Cleveland Indians slugger Victor Martinez(notes).
Asked Friday morning about all those scenarios, and if any other club had rallied into his consciousness, Ricciardi texted two words: "Nothing going."
That was at 6:32 a.m., local Halladay time.