According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, via MLB Trade Rumors, the Toronto Blue Jays have spoken with the Philadelphia Phillies about two of the team’s potential free agents: Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino.
However, before we start inundating the Jays Shop with requests for #35 and #8 jerseys, it should be remembered that Toronto’s front office routinely inquires as to the availability of players in this fashion. With the Phillies struggling and locked in to several long term contracts, it’s very possible that the team would be interested in trading players they’ll be unable to afford in the future for cheaper Major League talent.
Again, it’s very likely that nothing will come out of this, but it is an interesting switch in positioning, considering that it was only a little more than two years ago that the Blue Jays traded Roy Halladay to the Phillies because the pitcher had requested a move to a contender.
In his latest for Fox Sports, Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal provides this tidbit about the Jays catching situation…
The Diamondbacks, among other clubs, would love to get their hands on one of the Blue Jays’ catchers. But don’t count on Toronto moving either J.P. Arencibia or Triple-A catcher Travis d’Arnaud before the season is over.
OK, so maybe “FU” is a bit of an exaggeration, though the heading of the section is “Jays Catchers: Hands Off!”
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Ken Rosenthal was on The Dan Patrick Show this afternoon, where he was speaking about the economics of the Joey Votto deal, and other potential mega-deals on MLB’s horizon, when an interesting question arose– one that he had a rather interesting answer for.
“Who would be the highest paid player, open market, right now, if it was just a– if it was fantasy draft?” asked Patrick.
“That is a great question, and I would have to say it would be someone younger. Not necessarily Albert Pujols. Maybe an Evan Longoria-type,” Rosenthal replied. “And I even had an executive suggest to me last night that a 10-year deal makes sense when you’re talking about a guy at 22- or 23-years-old. Maybe someone like Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays, who not a lot of people have heard of yet–”
“He’s a great talent,” Patrick interjects.
“He’s an emerging star. This guy will be a star. He’s the closest thing to Pete Rose in today’s game, in terms of his approach. And is talented, as well.”
Yeah… I guess, as far as praise goes, that’s pretty decent.
Maaaaaybe this is getting a bit ridiculous.
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Ken Rosenthal has some notes on the quiet trade market for Travis Snider in his latest for Fox Sports, explaining that “rival clubs like Snider, but know the Jays are unlikely to move him when his value is down.”
“The Jays’ reluctance to give up on Snider, 24, is understandable for other reasons as well,” he adds. “First off, the Jays might need Snider at some point this season. Second, a talented young player can haunt a team that gives up on him too quickly.”
He then mentions the same name that Alex Anthopoulos did when speaking with Mike Wilner in the wake of the demotion: Brandon Phillips. (At least, I think that’s where he brought up Phillips. He definitely did at some point, somewhere.)
Phillips, of course, was a second-round pick of the Expos, who made the Majors at 21 with Cleveland, having been acquired in the Bartolo Colon deal, but wasn’t able to fully translate his minor league success until his age 26 season– a year after he was traded to Cincinnati. In the five season since the beginning of that breakout year at 26 in 2007, Phillips has accumulated 22.1 wins, per FanGraphs.
Of course, he “needed” a change of scenery in order to do it– or, at least, he experienced one. Who knows whether or not it was actually necessary.