The Rangers at some point in the past day or so believed that they had a pretty decent chance to acquire ace Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays. However, people familiar with those talks suggest the likelihood for a deal has decreased significantly in recent hours -- though it isn't completely dead.
Texas and Toronto have been in discussions for days, and the surprise entrant in the Halladay sweepstakes has been giving it a spirited effort despite the financial woes associated with the team. Texas' big advantage is a stash of prospects that includes pitchers Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland, slugger Justin Smoak, outfielder Julio Borbon and many others.
Texas came to believe that Halladay would accept a trade there despite his past troubles in Arlington, Texas, including a 6.14 ERA at Rangers Ballpark, his highest mark in any park with at least 10 innings.
Sources indicate a combination of issues derailed the talks that appeared to have promise for a while. Commissioner Bud Selig told SI.com he wouldn't stand in the way if Texas wanted to add a big piece, though sources indicate the commissioner's office had to aid Texas in meeting its payroll two straight pay periods.