According to a rumour posted at MLB Trade rumours the Blue Jays and Mariners discussed a potential Michael Pineda for Brett Lawrie swap this offseason prior to the M’s getting Jesus Montero from the New York Yankees.
Ben Nicholson-Smith wrote:
Alex Anthopoulos hinted last night that some young Blue Jays drew trade interest this offseason, and Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail has the details on some talks that never materialized. The Blue Jays and Mariners discussed Michael Pineda, but the Blue Jays balked when the Mariners wanted Brett Lawrie in return for the right-hander, according to Blair’s sources.
Instead, the Yankees obtained Pineda for Jesus Montero last month and the Blue Jays held onto Lawrie. The 22-year-old British Columbia native made his MLB debut in 2011, posting a .293/.373/.580 line in 171 plate appearances. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik selected Lawrie in the first round of the 2008 draft when he was Milwaukee’s scouting director. Meanwhile, Pineda posted a 3.74 ERA with 9.1 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9 in 171 innings as a rookie last year.
Analysis: If the rumours are true and the Jays flatly turned down this offer you can see how highly Alex Anthopoulos values our incumbent Canadian 3B Brett Lawrie.