Halladay had forced the Blue Jays hand as he had a desire to play for a contender and it was apparent Halladay was not going re-sign once his contract expired. The Blue Jays were in a rebuilding phase and were not going to contend for a few seasons.
So Alex Anthopoulos‘ first order of business as General Manager of the Blue Jays was to deal to deal his franchise pitcher in an attempt to rebuild the farm system and clean up the mess left for him by J.P Ricciardi.
Halladay made postseason appearances with the Phillies in both 2010 and 2011 but was never crowned a champion which is what he so desires.
Now fast forward to 2013 the Toronto Blue Jays are poised for greatness while the Phillies are still a great team but somewhat in a holding pattern as their superstars get older by the day.
So if the Phillies are not a contender come the trade deadline and the Jays are still in the American League East picture, could they throw out the welcome mat for a Halladay return. It is no secret the Blue Jays are not in a position to take on any more salary, but if the playoffs are within their grasp their senses may be clouded with thoughts of playoff grandeur.
Halladay will earn $20 million this season with a vesting option for 2014 so a deal for the Phillies makes sense. Last season it was apparent he had lost a mph or two, but a return would pull at the heart strings of all of Canada if he did return for one last swan song.
It only seems fitting that Halladay be wearing blue and white if the Blue Jays play meaningful baseball in October.