Editor's Note: According to Yahoo's! Gordon Edes, the Red Sox have offered Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden and Ryan Westmoreland to Toronto for Roy Halladay. No word if those are the only three prospects involved, but the Jays have said before that teams inside the division will have to pay a "premium price" -- an extra player -- for Halladay.
Theo is by far the smartest GM in baseball. I am convinced that he has played these negotiation perfectly. Over-valuing Buchholz's potential, claiming he is untouchable, then turning around and offering him as the key piece to Toronto, Cleveland and San Diego to get an established All star caliber player who switches the pressure to Anaheim, NY and Tampa Bay. Theo is playing chess while the rest of the AL GMs are playing checkers.
At worst, Theo has just made the Yankees and Angels nervous and given Toronto the leverage to demand Kyle Drabek, Dominic Brown and JA Happ and Cleveland almost a lock to trade Lee, probably to the NL. If Boston gets Haladay everything changes for the playoffs and Lee becomes extremely important to LAA, LAD, Yankees, and Philly. Even if Boston does not get Haladay, a very likely scenario is he goes to Philly, Lee possibly goes to LAD, both are out of the AL and neither is on the Angels, Rays or Yankees. Win/Win.