The non-waiver deadline hits at 4 PM ET today, but it doesn’t look a whole lot like the Jays are going to be a part of any of them — except as silent witnesses to the big changes in Boston. That’s not for certain, but… well… it’s hard to make these things work when you can’t take on money, eh? And if that’s where the Jays are at… um… y’know. Anyway, here’s a bunch of stuff that’s happening…
- Mike Wilner tweets pretty much exactly what I said in the preamble: that we shouldn’t expect the Jays to make any moves prior to the deadline — though he notes that more wheeling and dealing could still take place in August.
- Shi Davidi affirms what Wilner has heard, but also says that the club is still working on some things. So close to the deadline, things can change fast. But, y’know, they usually don’t.
- Could something change on the frontline starting pitching… er… front? Anything is possible, I suppose, and Jayson Stark offers an intriguing name: Mat Latos. Though he says the return would have to be big — obviously. Latos is owed $2.42-million for the rest of the season and is arbitration eligible for the final time this winter, so… maybe that works? The Reds are six games out. Shit, I don’t think you do it, but Colby Rasmus makes about the same amount ($7-million on the year), doesn’t he? Don’t hold your breath.
- The big fish, of course, is David Price, and according to a tweet from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, he’s definitely getting moved. According to me, he’s definitely not getting moved here. (Sure, there’s a nonzero chance, but let’s be serious here). But with the Jays having six games left with a Rays team that’s thinking long-term, that’s not a bad thing. That is, as long as he doesn’t end up in Baltimore. Or Seattle. Or Oakland. Or New York.
- Maybe the Yankees have made their big pitching add, though! According to a tweet from YES’s Jack Curry, the Evil Empire has claimed Esmil Rogers on waivers. I think he’s quite a bit better than all the recency-biased Jays fans out there want to believe — he even put up some decent numbers when in Buffalo too… y’know kinda like everyone. Well, except Deck McGuire, Kyle Drabek, and Ricky Romero. Ugh. Anyway, he still has a whole lot of potential in that arm, I think, and has been able to harness it in spurts. Writing him off seems akin, to me, to the way people were writing off J.A. Happ earlier in the year. Could be a nice reliever for the Yankees. Could be garbage, too, but don’t be surprised if your guffaws haunt your dreams.
- One place Price certainly doesn’t look like he’ll be needed is St. Louis, who added John Lackey from the Red Sox today, a day after adding Justin Masterson from Cleveland. Best rotation of three years ago ever! But who am I to judge the Cardinals? They seem to know what they’re doing. However, they did give up outfielder Allen Craig in the deal, along with pitcher Joe Kelly. Interesting move for Boston — Craig was a strong hitting/poor fielding mostly-outfielder until this year, when for some reason he turned into hot garbage. He did re-injure his foot in the World Series last year, but holy shit, his walk rate is down, his strikeout rate is up, and with the help a .281 BABIP (and not the .344, .334, and .368 ones he ran in the previous three seasons) he’s slumped to a wRC+ of 81 this year. Interesting gamble for Boston, though, for sure. And with Lackey being a really cheap innings-eater next season (due to a provision in his contract adding a club option in the event of elbow surgery over the life of the deal signed prior to 2010 (surgery that he had, missing all of 2012)), they must feel pretty good about it working out. The Sox’ outfield has the fewest home runs of any team in the majors (or something like that — I’m not looking it up), and they certainly just gave themselves a shot in the arm today, adding Cespedes and Craig, who in 2015 could really be something if they return to their forms of a couple years ago. If not, though, and if they don’t replace the pitching? Could work out well for the Jays, actually. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that, though, either. Kelly ain’t nothing neither.
- Also today: Chris Denorfia has moved to the Mariners, Gerardo Parra is a Brewer, the A’s are getting flooded with calls on Jason Hammel, the Red Sox may also move Andrew Miller, oh… and… uh… this happened:
So: real Jim Bowden changed Twitter handles after plagiarizing a fake Joel Sherman and now a fake Jim Bowden has taken the original handle.
— Minor Leaguer (@Minor_Leaguer) July 31, 2014
- Most important of all, though: while I obviously wish it were for different reasons, GROF did actual GROF things at actual GROF! Swoon!
UPDATES! (3:10 PM ET)
- The Jays have made it official: Dan Johnson is on the DL, and Chad Jenkins has been recalled.
- The Orioles have made a move, adding reliever Andrew Miller from Boston, according to a tweet from Jerry Crasnick. Jeff Passan adds that it’s pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez going the other way — a guy who was in Keith Law’s preseason top 50 (ranked 43rd), but who dropped off Law’s midseason top 50 and who isn’t on the same level as Gausman, Bundy, or Hunter Harvey, by most accounts. Decent get for both teams, you’d figure.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is on the move, according to a tweet from Jordan Bastian, and though the Jays were reportedly interested, he’s not coming here: he’s headed to Washington. OK then.
- And Bob Nightengale tweets that the Rays are still talking about David Price with the Mariners, Tigers, Pirates, and Cardinals. Yikes.
UPDATES! (3:55 PM ET)
- Whoa! An actual deal between the Yankees and Red Sox, as Stephen Drew will now wear pinstripes, as per a tweet from Gordon Edes. Drew has been fucking awful this year, BTW. Kelly Johnson goes the other way, says Alex Speier. Meh.
- Aaaaaaand here’s the big one: after the real Ken Rosenthal said David Price is going to the Tigers, we learned from a Jon Heyman tweet that it is indeed the Mariners also involved, with Austin Jackson going to Seattle, Drew Smyly moving to Tampa (we were eventually told), while he adds that it’s Nick Franklin going from the Mariners to the Rays in the deal.
Yowza! Not a bad outcome for the 2014 Jays, though, I’d say. Beats him going to Baltimore, at least. But we’ll deal with all that in the next post…
UPDATES! (4:25 PM ET)
- So… about that next post. Looks like it’s getting pushed back slightly, as more deals are trickling in. For example: the Jays won’t be facing Houston’s Jarred Cosart tonight, because according to a tweet from Brian McTaggart, he’s been dealt to the Marlins. So, that’s good. (And apparently Jake Marisnick is going the other way.)
- Meanwhile, according to a Heyman tweet, the Yankees have acquired Martin Prado. Now that one hurts a bit. Steve Gilbert tweets that the Yankees give up big power prospect Peter O’Brien, who doesn’t really have a position, but has 23 home runs in Double-A this season (and a garbage on-base). Here’s a real trade that’s helped a rival where we can actually say “If only the Jays had the money…”. But let’s not pretend that Prado and his wRC+ of 89 — his second straight year of decline, and third of four that’s been either about league average or below — is too much of a prize, eh?
- Oh, and apparently Willy Adames — and 18-year-old shortstop who might have been the Tigers best prospect — is also going to Tampa in the Price deal. That makes a little more sense, eh?