Jul 30, 2009

The Day the Blue Jays Fall Further Behind?

For what seems like weeks, rumors of the demise of Roy Toronto career has been flying around the media. I definitely read every single one because the Phillies were prominently involved until yesterday.

There are rumors of the involvement of the Red Sox ("no formal offer" says Buster Olney), Angels, Dodgers, Rangers. But the Phillies were the number one pursuer, so the leverage for GM JP Ricciardi has decreased to the point where he won't get 3 A-level prospects anymore unless another team really steps up.

This reminds me too much of the Schilling and Rolen trades that the Phillies made in 2000 and 2002, respectively. A team going on a treadmill who wants to cut costs with cheaper assets. Though the Blue Jays are hamstrung by Vernon Well's 7 year 126 million contract (4 years left) and other salary obligations for players no longer playing for them (Frank Thomas, BJ Ryan, etc).

What would you give up for a durable pitcher with brilliant flashes who can possibly save a bullpen?

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