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Blue Jays Rumour Roundup – March 13, 2012

Let’s take a look at what is making headlines today:

-Gregor Chisholm at isn’t buying the latest Blue Jays pitching rumours and feels GM Alex Anthopoulos is simply performing his normal due dilligence in scouting Joe Blanton and others. 

Anthopoulos kicked the tires on right-hander Doug Fister last year and according to a source he also was in on Michael Pineda before the promising righty was dealt to the Yankees for top prospect Jesus Montero. In both cases, the Mariners asking price was too high and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Seattle was after third baseman Brett Lawrie — who isn’t going anywhere — because of his high-ceiling talent and the fact that he grew up in nearby Langley, British Columbia, while his sister became an NCAA softball star in the state of Washington.

The search for a front-line starter continued throughout the offseason as there were multiple reports Toronto had serious interest in the likes of Gio Gonzalez and Mat Latos. Ultimately, the club decided to stick with the status quo because of the high demands and now that Spring Training has rolled around there’s no immediate reason to suspect that will change before Opening Day.

The fact that these reports are coming out now should suggest nothing other than that Anthopoulos is once again doing his due diligence.

Read his full story here, it is worth the read.

-Another pitcher rumoured to be available is lefty John Lannan.  The Red Sox, Tigers and Astros are watching John Lannan and a deal involving the left-hander is “likely” Danny Knobler of CBS Sports tweets. The Mets and Padres had interest, but balked at his $5MM salary.

Lannan doesn’t have a guaranteed rotation spot in Washington after posting a 3.70 ERA with 5.2 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 184 2/3 innings last year, so he’s a potential trade candidate this spring. The Blue Jays, Royals and Tigers are among the teams monitoring the market for starting pitching, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported today.

-Mike Axisa at MLB Trade rumours reports:

Blue Jays hurlers Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek and drawing attention from scouts of other teams, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The team is reluctant to move Drabek while his value is down, however. He was acquired in the Roy Halladay trade and considered one of the game’s 30 best prospects just one year ago by Baseball America.

Cecil, 25, pitched to a 4.73 ERA in 123 2/3 innings for Toronto last season. His velocity had dropped noticeably, and he spent a dozen starts in Triple-A trying to figure things out. Drabek, 24, posted a 6.06 ERA with more walks (55) than strikeouts (51) in 78 2/3 innings last season. He spent another 75 ineffective innings in Triple-A. The left-handed Cecil is under team control through 2015, the right-handed Drabek through 2017.

Earlier today Rosenthal reported that the Jays were in the market to add starting pitching, not necessarily subtract it. They’ve spoken to the White Sox about Gavin Floyd and GM Alex Anthopoulos recently scouted Joe Blanton of the Phillies. Nationals’ left-hander John Lannan is said to be available as well. The Jays could be willing to move either Cecil or Drabek for a more established pitcher with a similar amount of team control years remaining.

-Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Diamondbacks would have interest in catcher J.P. Arencibia if the Blue Jays made him available. Arencibia isn’t going anywhere just yet, but top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud could force the Blue Jays to make some difficult decisions within the year.

-It doesn’t appear the Blue Jays are close to acquiring White Sox SP Gavin Floyd Jon Heyman of tweeted this morning.  White Sox GM Kenny Williams went on record saying he wasn’t looking to move the right hander.

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.

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