I can’t yet say that this will be a daily feature (weekdays, that is (most likely) — I try not to weekends) from here until July 31st, but with the Jays still doing swimmingly, trade season about to heat up, and the club still with plenty of use for many parts, big and small, it probably will serve us well to have a look at what the invaluable, fantastic, and comprehensive MLB Trade Rumors is telling us about today (and maybe yesterday, too)…
Not from MLBTR as yet, but a good one: Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Jays have interest in Padres third baseman, and future Yankee, Chase Headley. This would be awesome news if it were 2012, when he was worth 7.2 WAR, but Headley is struggling this year. He’s hitting .199/.286/.328, which is good for a wRC+ of 79. In a weird way, though, maybe that’s a good thing. His defence is solid, so he’d still be useful, and it was just last year that he put up a 113 wRC+ and 3.5 wins. There’s more there than he’s shown this year, I have no doubt, and partly that’s likely because, as Sanders points out, he has a “herniated disc that required an epidural injection last week.” So maybe you can get a real talent for pennies on the dollar. Or… maybe you get the guy with the herniated disc who can’t help you at all at the plate. I’d absolutely take the chance, though, seeing as Sanders figures the return “likely won’t pry teams’ best prospects from their grips and might not fetch much more than salary off the books the second half of the season, which the Padres’ next general manager could factor into the 2015 payroll.” Headley makes $10.255-million this year. If they dealt for him today the Jays would be responsible for over $5-million of that. He’s a free agent at the end of the season (and if he’s traded, he won’t net his new club a draft pick if he walks). Do it.
Steve Adams examines a potential Daniel Murphy extension, which, of course, would take the Mets’ second baseman out of the trade market. That may not matter to us anyway, though, as Jon Heyman tweets that the Jays are looking for a second baseman, but not him, because they are far from enamoured with his defence.
In a roundup last night’s pitching rumours, we’re told of a Buster Olney piece that suggests teams are looking for alternatives to the Jeff Samardzijas of the world, such as Wade Miley of the Diamondbacks or Tyson Ross of the Padres — guys with lots of team control left who will likely be quite expensive before their current teams are ready to contend again, and who could be acquired in a similar way to how the Tigers got Doug Fister in 2011. Do it! Meanwhile, we’re told that Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Cardinals shouldn’t deal Oscar Tavares for David Price (though if they would, there’s not much chance of anyone else beating their offer), while Heyman says that the industry consensus appears to be that Samardzija isn’t extending with anybody, and is dead set on hitting the open market.
The Diamondbacks have released reliever J.J. Putz, making him a free agent. He’s got a bad ERA, but quite good peripherals (6.59 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 3.72 xFIP), a good strikeout rate (9.22 K/9), and a manageable, if not great, walk rate (6 BB in 13.2 innings). I can’t see the Jays being his first choice, but the fact that they’re in first place and — like everybody else — need bullpen help can’t hurt. I’d totally go after him.
In a roundup of a Jayson Stark chat, we’re told that the Phillies may ratchet up their efforts to trade Jonathan Papelbon (still intriguing if they eat a shit-tonne of money, I think, but not if you’re paying solely for results with no discount of those peripherals), and that the Dodgers are not going to trade top prospects Joc Pederson and Corey Seager this summer, which MLBTR speculates will take them out of the running for David Price. And why should they be in the running? They’re going to sign him without giving up any prospects in two winters anyway.
In an AL East roundup that also included the Heyman tweet about Murphy, we’re told that the Red Sox — currently eight games behind the Jays at 36-43 — are still consider whether to buy or sell, but may end up dealing veterans and promoting prospects. Long-term, that’s a great idea for the Sox (who are prospect heavy to begin with), but short term? Fuck it — do it! Sell!
Lastly, Gavin Floyd has undergone season-ending surgery, so… so much for him being a rental that the Jays might have had some interest in (which, despite the fact that the Braves are in a playoff position, he might have been, thanks to the presence of Alex Wood in the minors).