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Roy Halladay Trade Talks | Tastes Like Chicken

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According to Wikipedia the game of Chicken is described thusly:

“The principle of the game is that while each player prefers not to yield to the other, the outcome where neither player yields is the worst possible one for both players.”

Folks, this whole Roy Halladay affair is nothing more than a glorified game of chicken. On one side you have Blue Jays GM JP Ricciardi and on the other, Phils GM Ruben Amaro.

They are hurtling toward each other at warp speed, each with the intent of waiting the other out until someone veers off the proverbial track and is thus, the Chicken.

Amaro has made his offer(s), as have other teams… and obviously none have been to Ricciardi’s liking.

And Ricciardi just hit the gas pedal by instilling his own deadline to complete the trade. The official deadline is of course July 31st but Ricciardi has moved it up 3 days to July 28th.

Why?

Well, he said the deadline is necessary to get an agreement in place for what is likely to be a complicated deal. Plus he wants the issue resolved before Halladay makes a scheduled start July 29th in Seattle.

“At this point, it’s probably unlikely that we’ll trade Doc,” Ricciardi said Tuesday.

Gee, I wonder if anyone took him seriously?

Let’s go back to the definition of the game of Chicken.

“…the outcome where neither player yields is the worst possible one for both players.”

In this scenario, Roy Halladay would remain a Blue Jay and more than likely JP Ricciardi would be looking for change of address labels.

But what of the other participant in this game? What of Ruben Amaro? Would this be “the worst possible” outcome for him, too? You would have to think no, at least initially. If the Phils go on to win the World Series without Hallday it will be “Roy Who?”

However, if the Phillies fail to win another World Series, especially this year, AND none of the prized prospects pan out… see where I’m going here?

So… let’s all sit back and watch and see who will blink first and who, if anyone, will be the chicken.