We’re less than a day away from the trade deadline, which means that there’s a serious #HugWatch on for tonight’s games, as players may find themselves pulled from games as their clubs finalize deals involving them over the course of the evening. There’s also a whole lot of posturing going on, as negotiations are heading down to the wire. And while not a whole lot of it involves the Jays, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth having a look at what’s going on out there. So– much as we did back during the Winter Meetings, and as I’ll probably do again tomorrow– here’s the latest from the astonishingly fantastic and comprehensive MLB Trade Rumors, with some added Jays-related context, just so I don’t feel too much like we’re just ripping them off…
The Angels are still today listening on infielders, and of particular note to us is Howie Kendrick, especially since they are said to be looking for quality starting pitching in return. I’ll say it again: Mark Buehrle and a little salary relief? Yeah, I do it.
The Royals were sniffing around Kendrick– or Aybar– as well, plus middle infielders Gordon Beckham and Rickie Weeks, all of whom might be reasonable targets for the Jays. But with what? Oh, and Kendrick can block trades to 12 clubs, which… the Jays are almost always on those lists, aren’t they? Damn.
As has been the case all over the place– like the Mets reportedly looking to get back a “Wheeler-type” for Bobby Parnell– the price on quality relievers is very high. Or, at least, that’s the word being used in reference to the asks for the Rockies’ Josh Outman, and the Giants’ Javier Lopez. It’s also the reason the Jays would be silly not to get involved in moving some bullpen pieces– and if they really do need to watch their payroll, the $4-million owed to Casey Janssen next year might make sense to say goodbye to.
Our old friend Marc Rzepczynski was dealt to Cleveland from the Cardinals today. One tweet I saw suggested that he was going to be a non-tender candidate, and he certainly came cheaper than a lot of options on the relief market, so good for both sides, I guess? Hey and maybe now the Cardinals would be interested in a package involving a reliever or three? And a spare outfielder? Or utility man? Or pitbull-loving son of Missouri? Hmmm?
Ruben Amaro said on the MLB Network that there’s “very little chance” his club parts with Cliff Lee, which… posturing! At least, that’s what I’d figure, at this point. Either way, though. I mean… do you worry about the Red Sox with a few years of Cliff Lee or six of Bogaerts or Bradley, or whoever they’d be parting with to get him? Neither is really palatable, but with the Jays having just a couple years left with this current core, I’m probably not going to be rooting for the Sox to get, y’know, the best pitcher.
Another sad maple trombone today, as a look at the market for Justin Morneau finds a scout calling him “a shell of his former self,” and noting that his glove work has gone south this year, as well. Too bad. Still might get dealt, though– that’s just how desperate teams are at this time of year, folks!
Lots of stuff about Jake Peavy, which… I don’t know. Sounds like the White Sox might actually move him, and might come down a bit on the asking price. Not a whole lot Jays-related here, unless you think they might make a surprise move for the guy they targeted as Plan-A last off-season. “The price for Peavy remains a top 50 prospect in a three or four-player package, hears Joel Sherman of the New York Post,” we’re told. So… yeah… nothing to see here.
Bud Norris of the Astros looks like he’ll be moving too, so… I don’t know. Lots of interest from contenders, yet a guy who could help the Jays next year, if… y’know… anyone thought he was any more reliable than anything else they might have. He’s been scratched from his start tonight, for whatever that’s worth.
Michael Young might end up with the Yankees or the Red Sox, so… that’s kind of hilarious.
Alex Rios might end up on a contender, too. So… there’s that.