“The Jays continue to maintain a buyer’s posture,” writes Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports this afternoon, “sending multiple scouts to at least two recent starts by Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez’s and maintaining contact with the Cubs about right-hander Matt Garza, according to major-league sources.”
OK, so maybe we’ve heard this all before, but it still makes a lot of sense. The rub, of course, is that Rodriguez and Garza are both under contract for more than just this season, so even if the Jays fall out of contention this season– y’know, presuming they already haven’t– a pitcher like Garza or Rodriguez would be an important asset for next year’s version of the club, especially with Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek down, Dustin McGowan still Dustin McGowan, and Henderson Alvarez and Brett Cecil struggling to look like pitchers capable of surviving in the American League East.
That said, it’s hard to take any speculation regarding the wants of Anthopoulos and his front office very seriously, even coming from someone as respected as Rosenthal. If we do, you have to wonder if, much like what happened over the winter, other clubs– clubs with more immediate aspirations– will be more desperate than the Jays to meet the sellers’ price.
You could argue that the Jays maybe shouldn’t fall into that trap once again, but I just won’t believe that Anthopoulos is ready to go out on the kind of a limb required to make deals of the Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos type until I see it. I don’t doubt for a second, however, that he’s not interested in fitting the either of the traditional “buyer” or “seller” molds, as we saw with last year’s Rasmus deal. The Jays could very well be peddling Darren Oliver and Kelly Johnson, while pushing strongly for adding a longer-term piece like Garza.
So… what Rosenthal is telling us isn’t maybe as far fetched as the title sounds on face. At least, I kinda believe it.
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