In a new post up at Lohud, Pete Abe outlines what he'd be willing to give up to get Roy Halladay: Joba Chamberlain, Jesus Montero and the Jays' pick of one of the following: Austin Jackson, Zach McCallister or Dellin Betances. In other words, he'd be willing to give up a lot. If the Yanks made such a deal, they'd effectively change their farm system from strong to weak. It's a big price to pay, but Abraham justifies such an expenditure because of the current situation in Yankee Anything Universe (thanks, gerb and IH). The stars–Jeter, Mo and Jorge– won't be with playing longer and they're doing well. The time to win is now, and Halladay would make the Yanks the team to beat. Without doing the math (which I never do anyway), that sounds about right (the part about them being the team to beat).
I'm not going to argue whether the package is too much or not. Seems like a lot, but maybe it's because I have a better opinion of Joba than Pete does. That actually brings me to the point, which is that Joba's star has fallen a bit. At the opposite end of the universe, Phil Hughes's star is rising. Pete Abe insists that the new set-up guy not be included in any deal for Halladay. I'm not sure how much any one writer represents the ethos of a fanbase, but I do wonder if there is a general feeling among Yanks followers that the two have switched places in terms of their value as future contributors. If so, the view is short-sighted, as it is based on what some basement dwellers call a small sample. Joba was untouchable a short while ago, and now, after a half-season, he is touchable. Not too long ago, some fans lamented that Cashman did not pull the trigger on the Johan Santana because he wouldn't include Phil Hughes in a deal. And now after twenty or so sterling innings in the bullpen, Hughes cannot be included in a Halladay trade. I'd say, at this point, it's almost impossible to decide which player is going to be better in the future. Yes, Hughes looks better now. Yes, Joba's velocity is down and that is a concern. But the universe is always in flux. Who knows? Maybe in a year, we'll be talking about how great Kei Igawa is! And maybe I will be a member of the first-ever baseball historical society in Jakarta. Actually, the latter is much more likely, but that will be discussed at another time. The point is that I remain clueless. But what about you? Who do you like more going forward? Phil or Joba…or Kei?