Not for the first time this winter, it would seem as though Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution senses something potentially brewing between the Jays and Braves:
#Braves are still involved in multiple trade talks, two of their targets believed to be Bonifacio and Fowler
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) December 12, 2012
During the Winter Meetings O’Brien had said that he was hearing that Bonifacio was available, and that the Braves– and especially manager Fredi Gonzalez, who had him when he managed in Miami– were interested, but he later clarified, explaining that the Jays didn’t want to deal him– at least not yet.
You certainly got the sense, hearing Alex Anthopoulos talk about Bonifacio’s inclusion in The Trade, and some of the glowing comments on him from guys like John Buck, that the Jays would be pretty interested in keeping him for themselves. But… that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t be had for the right price.
That said, I tend to be of the mind that his latest tweet doesn’t indicate that anything’s necessarily changed. I mean, if the Braves want to offer a young arm that the Jays can have lead the rotation in Buffalo to start the season– say, the struggling-but-possibly-fixable high end talent that is Julio Teheran– then maybe we’re talking, but… for Bonifacio? Not seeing how Atlanta goes for anything like that, unless they’re way low on Teheran, which would be a pretty sizable red flag.
Shit, even the misplaced “H” of Cristhian Martinez could maybe be a thing, actually, but… it’s not like the Braves are swimming with arms quite the way they were a year ago, with Hanson and Vizcaino traded and Jurrjens non-tendered. So I don’t know if I see it happening– at least not in that way.
Who knows, though?*
* A ticket rep does! At least, according to… himself. That is: someone tweeted at me to say that a ticket rep told her big trade news is imminent.** I have yet to be able to reach Gavin Floyd’s cousin for comment.
** Please don’t take that as anything close to a suggestion that I believe it, or that you or anybody else should. I don’t. You shouldn’t. Think about how that would actually work.