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No Halladay deal as deadline passes

Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi confirmed following Friday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline that ace right-hander Roy Halladay had not been dealt.

Roy Halladay is staying in Toronto. For now, at least.

Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi confirmed following Friday's 4 p.m. ET league trade deadline that the ace right-hander had not been dealt.

"We never really came close at all," Ricciardi told reporters on a conference call.

"We were never moved by a club [with an offer] that made us jump up and say, 'Wow, this is something that would really make us better, not only now but in the future.' "

Halladay, 32, became the subject of intense trade rumours when Ricciardi announced earlier this month that he would field offers for the 2003 Cy Young Award winner.

Ricciardi said that "in the vicinity of maybe 10 teams" expressed interest in Halladay, but only "two or three" approached with a "level of seriousness."

Halladay has a no-trade clause and one year remaining on a contract that will pay him $15.75 million US next season. He has said he'd like to play for a championship contender, and a trade is still a possibility once the World Series concludes.

Teams can still acquire players until the end of August, but they must pass through waivers. That's unlikely to happen with a player of Halladay's stature.

The Philadelphia Phillies seemed to be the front-runners to land Halladay, but Ricciardi's asking price of a handful of top prospects was apparently too high, and Philadelphia instead acquired lefty Cliff Lee from Cleveland.

The Texas Rangers reportedly made a push over the last few days, with rookie hurler Derek Holland and first-base prospect Justin Smoak reportedly among the players discussed.

Ricciardi said he didn't think he was asking too much for Halladay.

"We knew what our wants were," the GM said. "We think we have one of the best pitchers in baseball, if not the best."

Halladay is 11-4 with a sparkling 2.68 ERA this season. His four complete games and 148 innings pitched both rank second in baseball.