MLB Trade Deadline 2009

Buzz leading up to July 31 non-waiver deadline

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Mets prospect Fernando Martinez hit .176 with one homer in
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Toronto's request of the Mets for star pitcher Roy Halladay was for top outfield prospect Fernando Martinez, young pitchers Bobby Parnell and Jon Niese and shortstop prospect Ruben Tejada, sources tell SI.com.

The Mets responded with a resounding no.

The Mets don't appear to be in the middle of talks now, after hearing what it will take. Mets people have made clear that they have no intention of "mortgaging their future,'' certainly not with the team nine games out in the NL East. There's also no guarantee Halladay would accept a trade to the Mets now, as he has said he wants to take a chance on winning. At this point, the Mets would appear to be a small chance at winning, probably not much more than the Jays.

At the very least, the four-player package provides the best glimpse at what Toronto seeks in return for arguably baseball's best pitcher.

Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi called the likelihood of a trade for Halladay "50-50'' in an interview over the weekend.

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