A quiet weekend of Jays and AL East rumours, here are a few:
-According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe the Athletics, Orioles, and Blue Jays remain the main teams interested in Ramirez.
-A player we have not touched on here for the Toronto Blue Jays but a possible guy who could add a veteran presence to the Jays rotation and a guy who has pitched well over his career. It would take the Astros picking up a good majority of his remaining $36MM contract but he would likely cost only a top prospect in the 20-25 range.
The lack of interest in Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez is surprising considering that the club would assume a fair portion of the $36MM left on his deal. Houston is also surprised at the lack of interest in righty Brett Myers, who would appear to be a good piece for a contending club.
-Don’t be surprised if Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordonez, Xavier Nady, or Manny Ramirez wind up with the Phillies. The Phillies really want to add a righthanded hitter who can pinch hit and occasionally play the outfield. However, they’re extremely close to luxury tax territory.
-The Roy Oswalt market appears to be very weak, it is too bad he already ruled out a one year deal with the Jays, it seems like a deal that would benefit both sides. The Boston Red Sox remain in talks, but nothing is imminent.
-The Yankees likely will pay $19-23MM of $33MM remaining on Burnett’s contract and receive multiple minor leaguers in return, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Those prospects would not be players on the Pirates’ 40-man roster, the source said.