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Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

Posted on: July 22, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 2:46 pm
As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Alex Anthopoulos The Blue Jays have a winning record, and for a while it sounded as if they were going to load up and make a serious run at the playoffs.  But after taking a realistic look at the landscape in front of them – they are fourth in their own division – it looks like the boys up north have decided to punt. They already pulled off one trade, swapping shortstop Alex Gonzalez for younger model Yunel Escobar on July 14.

Record: 48-47, 12 games behind and in fourth place in the American League East. Seventh in the AL wild-card race, 9 ½ games back.
General manager: Alex Anthopoulos, first year
Expectations: Building. The Jays are in the frustrating position of being a decent, but not great, team in a division that includes a couple of payroll bullies. But as the Rays have shown, you can overcome that by building smart.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $62.7 million, 22nd in baseball. The Jays have about $44 million committed to contracts and pro-rated portions of signing bonuses for 2011.

What they have to offer

Scott Downs might be the best reliever on the market. The left-handed middleman has a 2.52 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings, and hasn’t given up an earned run since June 6. He had some neck and arm soreness just before the break but has been unrestricted since.

The Jays are apparently asking a lot for Downs, scaring away some suitors. But he’s likely to be a Type A free agent after the season, which means Toronto could get two first-round picks if he leaves as a free agent. Even saving the rest of his salary (about $2 million left for the year) doesn’t make it worth trading him if they can’t get at least that level of talent back.

Major-league home run leader Jose Bautista (.238/.354/.542) is looking like a very attractive quick fix for teams in need of power. He can play any outfield position as well as third base. But he doesn’t hit for average, he will get a big salary bump in arbitration next year, and the Jays are reportedly asking a lot for him. Still, the Giants, Braves, Tigers and White Sox appear to be in play.

Scott Downs Reliever Jason Frasor has been erratic this season (check out his ERA by month: April 8.38, May 0.82, June 6.75, July 1.35) but when he’s on he has shown the ability to be effective against righties and lefties.

First baseman Lyle Overbay (.251/.330/.412) is an impending free agent the Jays would like to deal, though there are better first basemen on the market and Overbay is making $7 million this year.

Catcher John Buck (.285/.315/.518) was an All-Star and is an attractive and cheap ($1 million left for this year) power option, and the Jays have prospect J.P. Arencibia waiting in the wings.

There are conflicting reports on whether Toronto is shopping closer Kevin Gregg, who has been reliable and has a manageable $4.5 million club option for next season.

What they want in return?

The Jays are reportedly asking for middle infielders, which is odd because they control both of their starters through at least 2013. Maybe they’re looking for someone they can convert to third base.

They could use some starting pitching prospects to throw into their mix, and if they trade more than one of their relievers they’ll need reinforcements there.

Predictions: Bautista goes to the Giants, who finally give in to Toronto’s demands. The Mets get either Downs or Gregg. Overbay goes and Buck stays.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels; Sellers: Florida Marlins

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Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 3:25 pm

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

You may be right on Bautista, but would love to "know" what is being offered for him. Journeyman having a career year....and well you know what they say about career years..."only happen once a career". Obviously they don't give him away for nothing, but I gotta belive someone will pay for a big bat down the stretch, looks like he won't slow down this year...question is what will happen next year?

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: July 23, 2010 5:18 am

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

So are win still in or are we out? That should be the first question. If we still think we could make the playoffs or at least want to play .500 ball we should stick with most of these guys. If we think this season is over we should start to rebuild.

Arencibia should be able to replace Buck although I think his numbers in the majors can never be the same as in Vegas.
As much as I like Gregg I don`t think he can be our closer for the future.
It`s time to dump Overbay if he won`t accept a huge paycut. He`s a nice guy to have in the clubhouse and might be a good sub but Wallace is the future and he appears to be ready.
Bautistia is the most interesting piece of the puzzle. He can be interesting to a lot of teams who could make the playoffs. He`s also too valuable to give away for a dime. We should either get something real interesting and helpful in return or keep him. Renew his contract next year and then try to trade him again.
Downs is interesting too but if we sell Gregg I would keep him and longterm we need a real closer and I don`t like our pen that much.

The rotation looks good. Morrow, Romer, Cecil and then Marcum, McGowan, Litsch and Rzepczynski we got a strong front three or four with many options for #5. So we could trade someone here later as well.

What the team is missing is a true leadoff guy and a quality third baseman. If we can at least fix one of those holes with any of the possible trade options we would be in good shape for next season.

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

I think most Jays fans are anxious for some trades just so that they can see what they've got in Arencibia and Wallace. Drabek next year, maybe. Some other intriguing prospects as well, to go along with Marcum, Romero, Cecil, Rzep..., Morrow, Lind, Hill, Bautista, and Snider (maybe?). This team is already good. With some upgrades and a reasonably productive Wells (anyone looking for a $100M centre fielder?), the Blue Jays could be very good as early as next year.

It's not a depressing time to be a Blue Jays fan. This team is getting young and talented -- and probably just at the right time because the situation in the AL East can't continue. MLB should go back to two divisions in both leagues (playoffs: 2 division champions for each league + 2 wild cards for each league). A spin-off would be that the 14(AL) / 16(NL) split could be defensible again, unlike the present.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:52 pm

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

It's got to be tough to be a Blue Jay fan. Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays are not going away anytime soon. The Yanks and Sox are going to be tough each year, and the Rays are young and getting even better! When my beloved Timberwolves make a move, I think "Alright, yeah, here we go!" and then I remember, were still not going anywhere! Very frustrating. Jays have talent in that clubhouse, they are just in a brutal division. Good Luck.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2010 5:19 pm

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

Scott Downs is a guy the Yankees have been looking at for years, but the Blue Jays have wisely tried to squeeze the most possible out of the Yankees pockets time & time again. The Yankees have showed suprising restrain and have not caved to the extremely high demands of Toronto.

But can you blame Toronto? Why would they want to give their division rival the best reliever on their squad? Why not shoot high and see if they can squeeze money & high level prospects, and I emphasize prospect(s), out of NY.

In the end if the Yankees want Downs, and they do, he will be a major target to sign this off-season behind Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee. Honestly though I'd take Downs over either player just because of need for lefty support in the Yankees bullpen. The other big named players can wait.  

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2010 4:20 pm

Trade deadline sellers: Toronto Blue Jays

The Mets should look into getting John Buck.  They can really use some pop from the catcher spot.  Too bad that Toronto doesn't have any overpriced mediocre starting pitching because Omar M would be all over it.  He loves overpaying for bad pitching, see O. Perez, C. Cordaro, E. Dessens, Russ Ortiz the list goes on.

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