I mean, we all realized this, didn’t we?
Though the Toronto Blue Jays are shopping ace Roy Halladay this winter, and although they contacted the Cubs, specifically, about making a move, there is currently no reason to believe he’ll actually be donning Cubby Blue next year.
As far as Halladay and the Cubs, it doesn’t look good for the North Siders to be able to come up with the kind of money it would take to take on his contract. The most feasible situation would be to trade Carlos Zambrano and at least one of the top young prospects in the system like Starlin Castro, or Josh Vitters, in any deal that would make sense for both sides. The problem with that type of trade is two-fold: One, Zambrano has a full no-trade clause, and two, trading the team’s top future prospect at shortstop by moving Castro would be counter-productive to what the team is looking forward to in years to come.
Halladay will most likely be traded in the offseason, but trading him to the Cubs is a real long shot. Bruce Levine.
If trading Carlos Zambrano in order to get Halladay is the only “feasible situation,” then there’s no reason to believe a trade will happen. The Cubs do not want to trade Carlos Zambrano, and will not do so for an older, soon-to-be-either-free-agent-or-more-expensive (albeit, better) pitcher. The Blue Jays, for their part, almost certainly would have no interest in assuming Zambrano’s contract.