It was, however, typical of his 2009 season thus far.
The Cy Young favorite submitted seven solid innings against the Mariners, and although he gave up 11 hits, he held Seattle to just three runs and struck out six. But his teammates couldn't come up with more than two runs, and he took the loss, falling to 11-4.
The Doc may have to get used to the lack of run support, too, because according to Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi, he's not anywhere close to packing his bags and leaving Toronto.
A source close to negotiations told ESPN.com's Buster Olney that "all is quiet" on the trading front, as of Wednesday afternoon. The team is reportedly in talks with several teams — Boston, Tampa Bay, Texas and the Yankees, to name a few — but the indication has been that Ricciardi is simply asking for too much.
One indication of that? Philadelphia, long considered to be the front-runner to land Halladay, wasn't willing to part with four of its most promising prospects, so instead, it hit up Cleveland and settled for 2008 Cy Young winner Cliff Lee. The Phils surrendered the prospects they were willing to give up — pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, plus catcher Lou Marson and shortstop Jason Donald — and they got a top-of-the-rotation arm in exchange.
Triple-A prospect Marson would be a sound replacement for Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez — which means he should definitely be on the move before Friday, possibly to Boston.
Toronto, therefore, is still waiting on the perfect package in exchange for Halladay — and by all estimations, Ricciardi is skeptical that he'll find it.
"We'd have to be wowed," he told ESPN.com's Peter Gammons. "And we haven't been wowed yet."
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