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Team sources dismiss report that Buchholz, Bowden, Westmoreland were offered for Halladay

Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff  July 28, 2009 05:56 PM

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Sources from both the Red Sox and Blue Jays tonight denied to the Globe that Boston had offered pitchers Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden and outfielder Ryan Westmoreland to Toronto for ace Roy Halladay, which had been reported this afternoon by Yahoo! Sportsís Gordon Edes.

Edes later clarified the report, indicating that Westmoreland was not in the proposal, but that the Jays have been given the choice of reliever Justin Masterson, Bowden, or Double-A first baseman Lars Anderson as he second player in the deal (after Buchholz), with other lesser prospects also involved.

According to Edes, "the Red Sox from the beginning have included Buchholz because the Blue Jays had made it clear he would have to be the starting point of any deal."

Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi has set a personal deadline of today to deal Halladay, though he recently said that was not set in stone.

The 24-year-old Buchholz, who pitches tonight, is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA in two starts for the Red Sox this season after tearing through Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this season. The 22-year-old Bowden is 3-5 with a 3.09 ERA for the PawSox. The 19-year-old Westmoreland has six homers and 21 RBIs to go along with a .279 average in 32 games for the Single-A Lowell spinners.

Edes also noted in the report that Daniel Bard and 19-year-old Casey Kelly (both a pitching and shortstop prospect) have been declared off-limits by the Red Sox in trade talks.

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