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Blue Jays Trade Rumours – July 24, 2012

With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching (July 31) I thought I would start to recap any and all trade rumours involving the Blue Jays. 

Here is what was making the rounds today:

-MLB trade rumours reports the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson.

5:24pm: The Marlins told teams they would trade only one of Johnson or Sanchez, so it would take a “blowaway” offer to land Johnson as of now, reports Peter Gammons of MLB Network (on Twitter).

4:15pm: Teams inquiring on Johnson are being told his finger issue is minor, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reports (on Twitter). Johnson is expected to make his next start.

2:49pm: The Blue Jays are interested in Marlins starter Josh Johnson, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The Blue Jays also have interest in Hanley Ramirez, but their interest in Johnson is stronger, Morosi reports.

Johnson, 28, has a 4.14 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 119 2/3 innings of work this year. The 6’7″ right-hander earns $13.75MM per season in 2012 and 2013. He has a ground ball rate of 46.9% and an average fastball velocity of 93 mph, according to FanGraphs. Johnson experienced irritation on the middle finger of his pitching hand in last night’s start.

The Blue Jays, now 48-47, are said to be looking for controllable starting pitching options, even after acquiring J.A. Happ. The club’s injury-depleted rotation currently includes Ricky Romero, Aaron Laffey, Carlos Villanueva, Henderson Alvarez and Brett Cecil.

The Marlins are drawing interest in a number of players, including Ramirez and Johnson, after trading Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit. They’re open to moving Ramirez, but likely to keep Johnson.

Quick Take: Where there  is smoke, there is normally fire they say but with Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos anytime I read a player being linked to the team I am actually less optimistic about landing said player.  Johnson would be a monster addition and he is pitching extremely well, outside of rotten luck on his BABIP. 

The cost would likely be enormous, taking one of the Lansing big three (Aaron Sanchez, Justin Nicolino and Noah Syndergaard) plus Anthony Gose and possibly more.  I would love to see the Jays make an aggressive pitch and see where it takes them.

-The Toronto Blue Jays also have interest in Florida Marlins third basemen Hanley Ramirez, a former shortstop.

Per MLB trade rumours:

2:15pm: The Athletics, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Orioles are among the teams with interest in Hanley Ramirez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). Interest levels in Ramirez vary and nothing is close, Rosenthal reports. The Red Sox are also interested, according to USA Today. However, Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com hears Boston isn’t in on Ramirez (Twitter link).

An American League official told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins’ asking price for Hanley Ramirez is “not ridiculous.” Miami wants quality young pieces in return for Ramirez, who earns $15MM in 2012, $15.5MM in 2013 and $16MM in 2014. The infielder does not have no-trade protection.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests the A’s, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Pirates, Blue Jays and Orioles are potential fits for Ramirez. Earlier today, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs suggested Toronto could be a fit because Rogers Centre is a haven for right-handed power hitters. Though I have no doubt the Blue Jays checked in on Ramirez, they routinely inquire in available players, so this isn’t necessarily an indication of serious interest.

Quick Take: This one I do not understand at all.  A rotten attitude (alleged), awful defensively, two straight subpar offensive seasons and what position would he play?  He has shown literally zero range at third so I wouldn’t be overly excited at seeing him try his hand at second base.

A midseason positional and league change on a suspect player?  Thanks but no thanks, I don’t see this one taking shape.

-Jon Morosi reported a potential three team trade involving the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox.  

Per his blog: 

Chicago getting Zack Greinke by sending Gavin Floyd “to the Blue Jays for a package headed by Class A left-hander Justin Nicolino, then Nicolino and another piece – perhaps one of the White Sox’s young major-league relievers, perhaps one of their outfield prospects, Jared Mitchell or Trayce Thompson – for Greinke.

“The White Sox scouted [Nicolino's] most recent start on Sunday. And the Blue Jays had two scouts at Floyd’s start on Monday night,” he explains.

“It’s also possible that the Blue Jays were more interested in Minnesota Twins left-handerFrancisco Liriano and other players than Floyd.”

“The Jays employ so many scouts, they routinely send multiple representatives to games.”

Quick Take: It is Jon Morosi and this seems a bit far-fetched if you ask me.  While I wouldn’t doubt the Blue Jays would love to add an arm like Gavin Floyd, this doesn’t seem like the type of deal Anthopoulos would be looking to make.

-Blue Jays are reportedly interested in Minnesota Twins left hander Francisco Liriano according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

-Blue Jays are rumoured to have interest in Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke tweets Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

**CONTINUE TO CHECK BACK FOR MORE RUMOURS!!

Blue Jays Pursuing Gavin Floyd?

Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLB trade rumours reports:

 The Blue Jays continue pursuing White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports report. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has interest in upgrading the club’s rotation before Opening Day, the FOX reporters add.

The Blue Jays and White Sox have had dialogue about Floyd since Spring Training began, according to Rosenthal and Morosi. The 29-year-old will earn $7MM in 2012 and his contract includes a $9.5MM club option for 2013. Henderson Alvarez and Dustin McGowan currently profile as the club’s fourth and fifth starters. Alvarez has just ten big league appearances and though McGowan is looking sharp this spring, he has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, appearing in just five big league games since 2008.

The Blue Jays’ pitching staff includes two relievers who were traded to Toronto after finishing the 2011 season with the White Sox: closer Sergio Santos and right-hander Jason Frasor. Anthopoulos and GM Kenny Williams have completed three trades since last summer, as MLBTR’s Transaction Tracker shows.

Analysis: Floyd would be a solid addition to the current starting rotation which is a real question mark for the Jays this season and could be a real hindrance to being a contender.  In addition to being an innings eater Floyd has been one of the most reliable and consistent performers over the past four seasons.

Season IP ERA FIP K/9 HR/9 WAR
2008 206.1 4.77 3.84 6.3 1.31 2.5
2009 193.0 4.06 3.77 7.6 0.98 4.5
2010 187.1 4.08 3.46 7.2 0.67 4.3
2011 193.2 4.37 3.81 7.0 1.02 3.6

Not a star by any means but considering his home park Floyd has a fairly impressive track record.  He would instantly slide into the third slot of the rotation and would be a dependable work horse if he can stay healthy, which judging by the past looks relatively safe. 

The price to acquire Floyd is unknown but he wouldn’t likely come cheap, considering Sergio Santos was acquired for Nestor Molina (perhaps our number 11 or 12 rated prospect if he was kept) it might cost the Jays a guy like Drew Hutchison, whom I rated the Jays #8 prospect for 2012 or perhaps two high ceiling lower level guys.  That is just pure speculation though.

ZIPS projects Gavin Floyd to produce a 4.08 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 7.2 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 and a 0.97 HR/9 in 185 innings for the upcoming 2012 season.  Those kind of numbers would be a welcome addition given some of the uncertainty in the Jays rotation.

Jays Keeping Tabs On Matt Garza’s Arbitration Hearing?

During the height of the offseason trade rumour season the Toronto Blue Jays were linked to various starting pitching targets and with the Chicago Cubs‘ arbitration hearing with Matt Garza scheduled to take place tomorrow it is possible the Jays interest in the right hander could pick up.  Garza is asking for $12.5MM, while the Cubs countered with $7.95 MM, a fairly sizeable difference.

Before the two sides went to arbitration the Cubs signed him for one-year and $9.5MM and the trade talk surrounding Garza could once again pick up steam with the Jays still being a possible destination given the assets available in their rich farm system.  The possible package of prospects to acquire Matt Garza might make Alex Anthopoulos a bit reluctant to pull the trigger, but should he be?

I read an intriguing article at Grantland.com by Rany Jazayerli who states we are entering something of a “prospect bubble” where teams shouldn’t hesitate to deal the unproven commodities for a star player.  His premise is that these prospects are certainly valuable but in the current environment are essentially being overvalued by front offices around baseball.

He even used the example of the Jays dealing SP prospect Nestor Molina for RP stud Sergio Santos, saying it was a great move for the Jays considering they won’t really miss Molina what so ever but have filled a gaping hole with a pitcher who still possesses upside.

It’s worth a read and worth the thought for the Jays to be aggressive on the Garza trade front.  There are a few untouchables in the system but with the depth and quality the Jays have the pieces to get this deal done and still have a very respectable array of prospects.

Last season in 198 IPs, Garza posted a 3.32 era, 2.95 fip, 8.9 k/9, 3.1 k/bb and a 5.0 WAR.

Would it be wise for the Jays to be aggressive and acquire Matt Garza at this juncture?


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