The Knobler again with his finger on the pulse, as he tweets the following about the Jays and the Tigers, which you totally already know if you’ve read the title of this post:
Tigers have also been in contact with Blue Jays on bullpen arms. Tigers trying to add one more.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 31, 2013
He notes that Tigers manager Jim Leyland helped get Brett Cecil onto the All-Star team (after which he’s been terrific, huh?), and Steve Delabar into the Final Vote, so maybe there’s some interest there that will provoke Jays fans into, once again, dreaming too high on the possible prospects coming back.
I mean… Nick Castallanos? For a reliever? Really? Even in a world where Zack Wheeler can be dealt for two months of Carlos Beltran, I just can’t accept that anyone believes this a realistic possibility.
You’d figure the idea is more like a lower level prospect for Darren Oliver, or some such thing. Of course, the Jays are in the drivers seat if the do choose to move some arms from their bullpen surplus– which, with a bunch of guys getting closer to health, you’d kind of think they’d be want to do, right?– and I wouldn’t think it’s just Detroit that’s been asking. And shit, if the Mets were saying they needed a Wheeler type in return for Bobby Parnell, fuck, I don’t even know anymore.
Of course that was just posturing– as is, perhaps, a lot of this “it’s so quiet” talk. At least, if you believe what Jim Bowden suggests might be going on:
I love this time:teams that have agreements will HOLD OFF on announcing a deal until right after the deadline so no reaction time for rivals
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2013
The Jays will be on the field at 3:35 PM ET. Watch out for hugs as the deadline passes at four, is all I’m saying.