The 4 PM ET deadline is closing in on us, and rather than sit here and wait for something to happen, then start a new post when it does, write as little detail as I possibly can, the “MORE FORTHCOMING” and the scramble to not take 45 damn minutes to write up my thoughts, I’m thinking, why not just live blog the details as they start flyin’. Join me, won’t you?
4:31 PM: That really appears to be it. I know it’s going to be a disappointing way to end a trading period where it looked as though the Jays would have some real prospect capital to expend in order to strengthen the core of their club at the expense of just a few of the vast riches they possess in the low minors, but as we can see, not only were they unable to come to an agreement for someone like Matt Garza or Josh Johnson, but nobody really could. There were no Cliff Lee-like deals made by anybody, and while I’m sure that’s not going to be satisfactory to a whole lot of fans who expected something big, it has to be at least a little bit heartening that no other GM in the game was willing to pull off the kind of moves we expected AA to execute either.
The club has officially announced, via Twitter, the roster moves detailed below, which puts an official stamp on the end of business today. But let’s not forget that there is still the possibility for some August deals to be done– as the Jays did last year, acquiring Kelly Johnson for Aaron Hill and John McDonald.
Another thing we shouldn’t forget is that we’re not operating from the same pool of knowledge as clubs are. For example, Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Rangers ended up turning their interest to Ryan Dempster because they weren’t comfortable with the medicals they saw on Matt Garza. Obviously that kind of thing would have been a concern to the Jays as well, so… it’s hard to kill them for not going there, even though I’m sure lots of fans will insist on doing so.
We’re about to record a special, post-deadline edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast, so stay tuned for that. Afterwards, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming, I guess.
What a letdown!
4:12 PM: Here it comes: According to a tweet from Shi Davidi of the Rogers-owned Sportsnet, the Rogers-owned Toronto Blue Jays have stood pat on the final day of non-waiver wheeling and dealing, and have confirmed the earlier roster moves, sending Joel Carreno and Evan Crawford back to the minors, and calling up Moises Sierra and adding Steve Delabar to the active roster in order to take their places. Welp, that was fun…
4:10 PM: Yes indeed, it’s quiet. Barring a late announcement, Brendan Kennedy tweets, it looks like the Jays did nothing. Again, not the most emphatic thing I’ve ever heard.
4:07 PM: Wilner and Griffin each tweet that things appear pretty quiet for the Jays as the deadline passes. Alex Anthopoulos will provide an update later today. Griffin specifically says that it’s quiet “re: Garza.” Hmmm. Not exactly the most emphatic “no deals” tweets I’ve ever read…
4:05 PM: Morosi tells us that Chase Headley is staying in San Diego, so you can cross another name off of your pip dream list.
4:03 PM: Richard Griffin tweets that the Rangers were relentless in their pursuit of Ryan Dempster… presumably because he can’t get any damn information out of the Jays’ front office, so he’s moved on to looking into other teams. Oh, and Dempster is Canadian or something– maybe that matters?
4:00 PM: The deadline has passed, but as always, there may be deals yet to trickle in. Will the Jays be involved in any? We haven’t been told that they won’t… yet.
3:58 PM: Buster Olney with confidence: “Rangers land Dempster.” Well, OK then. But what of the Jays? WHAT OF THE JAYS???
3:56 PM: Morosi is all over the pipe dream-crushing beat today: he says he hears that Shin-Soo Choo won’t be leaving Cleveland, which sucks, because I want Choo so bad it’s driving me mad, it’s driving me mad.
3:54 PM: The Knobler goes a-Knoblin’ on the A’s shortstop thing as well, tweeting specifically about the Jays’ man, saying that “I’m told no chance on Yunel, either.” OK then.
3:52 PM: Not that I really put too much into any of these rumblings, but according to a tweet from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s appear to not be doing anything to resolve their issues at shortstop, which means no Yunel Escobar for them. Again, like that was ever going to happen. Meanwhile, it sounds like the Yankees might be getting closer to acquiring Ryan Dempster, because… of course they are.
3:47 PM: Jonathan Broxton has been dealt from the Royals to the Reds– let’s see how other clubs actually value relievers, huh? (Albeit one who will be a free agent this winter.) Meanwhile, Jon Morosi tweets that Josh Johnson won’t be traded by the Marlins, which… is dumb of them, if you ask me, but whatever… guess that dream is dead.
3:40 PM: As has been pointed out in the comments, despite the fact that we know Moises Sierra is on his way to the Jays, the club hasn’t made it official yet. Shi Davidi tweets that Evan Crawford and Joel Carreno are heading down in order to make room for Sierra and Steve Delabar, who the Jays acquired last night for Eric Thames. But the fact that nothing has been officially announced suggests that they’re still waiting for more potential moves, as we head towards 4 o’clock. It doesn’t hurt to wait and prevent multiple press releases, if there happens to be something else to be announced.
3:35 PM: The Pirates, it’s relevant to note, have picked up Gaby Sanchez. Getting Blanked has the details on the now-former Marlin, who– some suggested– is there in part as insurance for Travis Snider, though… it’s not like the Pirates can’t use all the offence they can get their hands on.
3:30 PM: It’s very quiet as far as Jays rumours go, except for the Garza stuff that we’ve heard about all day, which is pretty much exactly what you’d expect, isn’t it? In these situations we’ll usually at least get word from someone on the Jays’ beat if the club has decided to pack it in and that they’re done wheeling and dealing, and since we still haven’t heard anything yet, I have no choice to believe that something may still happen…
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