Here's a dispatch from Jim Salibury, up in Seattle. The Inquirer has the Western time zone covered for you this week.
Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi indicated that he's still in contact with the Phillies but they still haven't met his price for Halladay. ``We still need to be motivated and we haven't been motivated,'' said Ricciardi, who still maintains that he doesn't have to trade Halladay, who pitches tomorrow in Seattle.
Ricciardi said other teams are in it, though he would not comment on the teams.
Clearly, he'd still like to get pitchers Kyle Drabek, J.A. Happ and outfield prospect Dominic Brown from the Phillies.
A baseball source with knowledge of the Halladay negotiations shot down a report that said the Red Sox had offered pitchers Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden and outfielder Ryan Westmoreland. However, there were indications that the Red Sox were willing to put Buchholz in play. That would not help the Phillies' chances because the Jays like Buccholz more than the Phillies pitching prospects being mentioned.
Phillies superscout Charley Kerfeld is slated to scout Seattle's Jarrod Washburn tonight and Halladay tomorrow in Seattle.
What is the best potential move for the Phillies as the trade deadline approaches?