In case you missed it last night, we were treated to one king hell of a rumour from Howard Eskin of Philadelphia’s Fox TV affiliate and sports radio station 94 WIP, as he told us that a “major trade” was brewing between the Blue Jays and the Phillies that would involve Jose Bautista, Domonic Brown, and more.
I wrote about it in the link above, eventually coming around to the notion that the deal isn’t as patently absurd as it might seem– acquiring a cheap, young, left-handed power bat with many years of control left, and immediately opening up nearly $14-million in 2014 payroll space is hardly the nothing that the delightfully fanciful folks expecting a number one starter and a quality catcher or second from any Bautista trade want to believe it is.
Buuuuuuut, it’s also apparently bullshit. To wit:
So before nonsensical Jose Bautista to Phillies for Dominic Brown rumour gets built up any more, there’s no validity to it. None. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) November 13, 2013
Or is it?…
Jon Heyman confirmed what Davidi reported this morning, publishing this tweet:
just to clear something up, #blueJays arent trading jose bautista for dom brown. not even close.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 13, 2013
But Eskin, the original rumour’s source– and, it was pointed out to me, the source of an ultimately false rumour last spring about Sidney Crosby being out for the season (though he’s also, I’m told, the source of a good many correct rumours as well)– made sure to clarify that this wasn’t precisely what he was saying:
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 13, 2013
Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s doubling down on what he’s hearing– it looks like he’s simply clarifying Heyman’s failure to include the “plus”– but… he’s not exactly backing down from it either.
Do we care?
No, I’ll take Davidi and Heyman’s word for it, thanks. And not Eskin, who continues to be alone on this island, unless you want to count the nonsense from places like the damn comments section at Hardball Talk (and this site, to be fair), where people are saying that they “heard” it’s actually Bautista, Arencibia, and Kyle Drabek for Brown, Darrin Ruf, and Cliff Lee.
You think Phillies fans had a hard enough time wrapping their minds around the first, at least vaguely credible-ish, rumour, try laying that giant load on them with anything remotely close to a speck of seriousness. Because… yeah, no. Let’s maybe keep our expectations in line with reality and not indulge laughable fantasy like that, and also try to remember next time that a bullshit-seeming rumour comes around that you kinda have to take cost, contract length, age, and things like that into account when you’re evaluating a trade. Not that it really matters now when it comes to Brown, though.
So… there’s that.