As trade negotiations between the Phillies and Toronto continued today, the Phillies were trying to steer the Blue Jays toward a package led by pitcher Carlos Carrasco, infielder Jason Donald and others in their attempt to acquire righthander Roy Halladay, sources with knowledge of the negotiations said.
On Thursday, the Jays asked for pitchers Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ and outfielder Dominic Brown, but the Phillies think that's too high a price. They don't want to deal both pitchers, according to a baseball source.
Drabek, a 21-year-old righthander, is the club's top pitching prospect. Brown, 21, is regarded as the top position player in the Phillies' system. Happ, a 26-year-old rookie, is 7-1 after suffering his first loss of the season Friday night.
The negotiating process for Halladay is still in the early stages, the sources said.
The non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Phillies will continue pursuing a backup plan, with a representative in Seattle tomorrow to scout Cleveland lefthander Cliff Lee.
The Phillies have been considered the front-runners to acquire Halladay. Other teams mentioned in the bidding for the Toronto ace are the Yankees, who had a representative at the Rogers Centre on Friday night for Halladay's start; the Red Sox; Angels; Dodgers; Brewers; Rays, and White Sox.
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