The previous week in the MLB was about the tragic loss of a former player, intensifying trade talks for a slugger, and a club in the National League targeting an outfielder.
Roy Halladay Dies in Plane Crash at Age 40
The baseball world lost a former great player and better person when Roy Halladay was killed in a plane crash at the age of 40 on Tuesday.
The Pasco County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Halladay perished in a downed aircraft in the Gulf of Mexico, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Blue Jays and Phillies great Roy Halladay died today in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Pasco County (Fla.) Sheriff Dept.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 7, 2017
Halladay pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during his 16-year career in the Majors.
Major League Baseball and the Phillies gave their condolences after learning the disheartening news:
We are saddened by the tragic news that Roy Halladay, 2-time Cy Young Award winner & 8-time All-Star, has died in a plane crash. He was 40. pic.twitter.com/SOFv3bOLyt
— MLB (@MLB) November 7, 2017
Phillies statement on the sudden & tragic passing of Roy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/gGhv7JUKv0
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 7, 2017
He was a standout pitcher for the Blue Jays as he was selected to the American League All-Star team six times and took home the 2003 AL Cy Young Award. The right-hander was traded to the Phillies after the 2009 campaign and won the National League Cy Young Award in his first year with his new team. The Halladay’s prime from 2002-11 will go down in history as one of the best. He led all starting pitchers with a 58.7 wins above replacement and was fifth with a 2.97 ERA.
He’s one of two pitchers in MLB history to toss a no-hitter during the postseason when he stymied the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. Halladay is also one of six pitchers in the history of the sport to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues.
The most impressive part of Halladay’s career was his 67 complete games. He was someone that believed in finishing what he started. Halladay will be remembered for his competitive nature on the mound. He was an ace in the purest form, as he gave his respective clubs a chance to win each time he was on the mound.
I want to pass along my condolences to the Halladay family during this troubling time.
Marlins Talking to Multiple Teams About Stanton Trade
The Miami Marlins have started the process of talking to multiple teams about a possible trade for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The clubs that the Marlins have had discussions with are the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, and Phillies. It’s expected talks will pick up at the GM Meetings next week, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Sources: In Giancarlo Stanton trade talks, #Marlins have had preliminary communication with #RedSox, #STLCards, #SFGiants, #Phillies. Talks expected to intensify at GM Meetings next week. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2017
The Marlins new ownership would like to shed payroll and moving Stanton is an ideal way to accomplish that goal. The Red Sox are expected to be aggressive in the pursuit for Stanton as they’re looking to add some firepower this offseason. They were 15th in the AL last year with 168 home runs. The addition of Stanton would bolster their lineup and give them a threat in the middle part of the batting order.
Giants Have Interest in Jackie Bradley
The San Francisco Giants are looking to upgrade their outfield this offseason. One option the team is considering is trading for Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley Jr., per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 12, 2017
Bradley took a step back at the plate during the 2017 season as he compiled a .245 batting average and .726 OPS with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs in 133 games. He posted a .267 average and .835 OPS with 26 homers and 87 RBIs in 156 games in 2016.
Bradley could become expendable if the Red Sox either sign free agent J.D. Martinez or acquire Giancarlo Stanton. The Giants finished last in the NL West and adding an outfielder with some pop in his bat could help them in 2018.