I… I can’t even. (Related: I think I might have ruined the season, guys. My bad.)
Time is of the essence as the trade deadline draws nearer, but Texas GM Jon Daniels evidently doesn’t value his a whole hell of a lot right now. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports pointlessly points out that the Rangers are pointlessly interested in Jose Bautista and/or Edwin Encarnacion, who the Jays have too much invested in– emotionally, psychically and through the marketing department, I mean– to contemplate moving.
Rangers have continued to ask about Encarnacion and Bautista, but still appears that Blue Jays won’t trade either one.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 31, 2013
Joel Sherman, whose Jays source tells him things are quiet right now– as many teams are, which he doesn’t believe to be posturing– also believes that the Jays aren’t moving their crucial middle-of-the-order bats.
Because plan to try to win next yr #Bluejays not making Bautista, Encarnacion available. Low-level would move Oliver or Bonifacio
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2013
There has been a lot of convenient talk in the media– especially in the wake Bautista’s most recent verbal jousting with umpires– about fanciful possibilities of what either of the two sluggers might bring back in a trade, and how it might spectacularly somehow not just create one hole in a pointless attempt to fill another, lesser hole.
I mean, seriously, the Jays can get by just without a second base upgrade– and those pipe dreaming on Jurickson Profar, as I’ve seen many suggest, need to realize he’d be wasting a bunch of value by not playing at short (and that the Jays likely wouldn’t ask Jose Reyes to switch positions for the youngster)– and aren’t so desperate for pitching, unless it’s an absolute stud, the likes of which no contending team will be willing to provide.
Which isn’t to pooh-pooh the insane dream of something like Profar and Derek Holland because I don’t think those guys don’t have a shit-tonne more value than Bautista, it’s just that part of it is because of their low cost and the long term of that value– and also, let’s be fucking serious here, please. They’re surely being offered much less than that. In other words, not exactly the kinds of assets a GM who’s tied meaningful September baseball in 2014 around his own neck like a fucking anchor is going to be rushing to get.
It’s just… it’s not happening. Stop asking.
Oh, unless you ask Jon Morosi, who somewhat slimily leaves the possibility open when relaying the Knobler’s report:
Rangers have inquired on Jose Bautista, source confirms @DannyKnoblerCBS report. Deal does not appear likely at this point.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 31, 2013