During a radio interview this morning Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi revealed that Roy Halladay is not interesting in signing a long-term extension and plans to hit the open market once his contract expires after next season, which helps explain why the Blue Jays are shopping their ace.
"What's changed is Roy has told us that he's going to test the free-agent market," Ricciardi said, adding that the Blue Jays' public, self-imposed July 28 deadline to trade Halladay "can fluctuate ... if we're down the road with something" but "if we're not down the road by the 28th, nothing's going to happen."
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Phillies remain the front-runners for Halladay and the Blue Jays sent assistant general manager Tony LaCava to scout 21-year-old pitching prospect Kyle Drabek's latest start at Double-A despite previous speculation that Philadelphia is unwilling to include him a deal.
Bastian also notes that the Yankees, White Sox, Brewers, Dodgers, Cardinals, Rangers, and Red Sox "have been tied to Halladay in various reports." However, according to Ricciardi "only a few teams have approached him with serious interest" in Halladay. "Some are serious and some I would say are delirious," Ricciardi said.