Blue Jays Appear Interested In Kevin Slowey

The Blue Jays like Kevin Slowey, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (on Twitter). Christensen hears that the Blue Jays have relievers to spare and had three scouts watching Slowey pitch in a 'B' game against the Pirates this morning. The right-hander logged three innings without allowing a hit or a run, striking out three.

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported on Sunday that the Twins are "very much willing" to discuss trading Slowey. The Blue Jays are not desperate for pitching help; Jo-Jo Reyes, Jesse Litsch, Marc Rzepczynski and Kyle Drabek are battling for two rotation spots and Zach Stewart, Brad Mills and Scott Richmond are also in the mix for jobs.

Toronto does have lots of relief depth, particularly from the right side. Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch and Jason Frasor all have closing experience and Shawn Camp and Casey Janssen are coming off of strong seasons. Throw in two more right-handers, Carlos Villanueva and Josh Roenicke, and it's easy to see why teams might ask the Blue Jays about potentially available arms. 

Slowey posted a 4.45 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in 155 2/3 innings last year. The 26-year-old has never posted a walk rate above 1.7 per nine or a strikeout rate above 6.7 per nine in four big league seasons. He'll earn $2.7MM this year and is under team control through 2013.


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98 Comments on "Blue Jays Appear Interested In Kevin Slowey"


4 years 5 months ago

They have no one that I’m interested in getting other than Drabek/Lawrie and let’s face it, that isn’t a possibility.

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

Nobody? Really? Funny stuff.

4 years 5 months ago

I’m really just saying that I don’t want to give up another player for nothing like we normally do..

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

Ah, well in that case, see you 1 April. And watch out!

4 years 5 months ago

We’ll be ready, the twins are stronger than the bluejays in every conceivable capacity, you need to watch out!

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

2011 Farm System Rankings

4. Toronto Blue Jays
13. Minnesota Twins

wild05fan
4 years 5 months ago

What does this have to do with anything of what the teams are right now?

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

it has to do with his claim (“the twins are stronger than the bluejays in every conceivable capacity”) and the context in which he made it (an exchange about what of value the jays have to trade). hope this helps

4 years 5 months ago

arguable

i wonder what would happen if the jays played in the old ladies league and the twins got the yanks and red sox 36 times a year??

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

2010
Vs. Minn
6 Wins 3 Losses 59 runs scored 34 against

2009
Vs Minn
5 Wins 3 Losses 44 runs scored 28 against

2008
Vs Minn
6 Wins 0 losses 35 runs scored 19 against

2007
Vs Minn
6 Wins 4 Losses 59 runs scored 40 against

2006
5 Wins 2 Losses 32 runs scored 25 against

care to make that statement again?

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

BOOM.

4 years 5 months ago

you should edit you comment because you are getting beat down like pedro on zimmer

4 years 5 months ago

Like we normally do? Other then the Johan Trade we always get a solid return.

4 years 5 months ago

Ramos for Capps…Hardy for Hoey and Jacobson…Garza and Bartlett for Young, Harris, Pridie (yes I know Delmon is finally showing up but everyone, including myself, hated that trade when it happened)…

4 years 5 months ago

Ramos was incredibly overrated and we got a solid bullpen arm for him. I’m surprised we got anything for J.J Hardy, we as absolutely awful last year and we still got a really good return on him. Also the Delmon Young trade was a great trade for us, Garza never got along with any of the coaches here anyways and we ended up getting the best prospect in baseball for him. Like I said other then the Johan trade we get solid returns.

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

Garza and Bartlett. I’m not sure if you like the WAR stat but those two players were worth over 15 WAR pre 2010 season. Delmon was a 0.3 pre 2010. WAR has its flaws like all stats but the Rays kicked the Twins butt on that trade. And now the Rays have a haul of players to take their place. Unless Delmon becomes Morneau or better the Rays will always have won that trade.

And if you wonder where I took those numbers from it was from a Rays blog on SBNation. I think that post was called trade strings v2.0. It showed the value the Rays received from Delmon and also the players the Rays received in their Bartlett trade. Garza trade pieces weren’t listed because I believe that post was made before they traded him.

bluejayspwn
4 years 5 months ago

what do you expect it’s kevin slowey not joe mauer

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

I know you weren’t talking to me but as a Twins fan I expect more than relievers. I don’t expect a haul for Slowey because his value is not high but I expect better than relievers. The Twins already have over 10 guys competing for two bullpen spots and some are doing well enough to earn the spots so far.

It would be more valuable to the Twins to make Slowey a reliever rather than trade him for some.

4 years 5 months ago

Is that because you have only heard of those two (presumably because they were involved in well documented trades)?

4 years 5 months ago

No it’s because those are the only ones that I as a Twins fan would want.

4 years 5 months ago

No JPA? No Deck McGuire? No Zach Stewart? No Perez or D’arnaud? No Thames? No Gose? No Hech? etc.

If I may, why would you not want any of those? Perez, JPA, and D’arnaud, I might give you because they are blocked by Mauer (though they are still valuable pieces). The rest though…

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

This makes little sense. My guess is that the Jays are scouting multiple players with MIN. They are also opening the season vs the Twins 1 April. Of course, a trade could be in the works, but who knows who’s involved?

iains
4 years 5 months ago

Always a chance of something bigger… or just scouting for the opening series. At this point I don’t see a fit, but you never know, AA might have a game of musical chairs starting up.

4 years 5 months ago

AA might want to flip a richmond or someone for a proven 5th starter in case one of our young guys don’t start out strong.

JA
4 years 5 months ago

What would the Jays do with him? The Twins would need a couple of lower level guys they like. Do not see a good fit, but who knows.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

“What would the Jays do with him?”

lose

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

Don’t discount a big trade. The Jays could send MIN MLB pitching/players for God knows what. AA has us all blind, as usual.

4 years 5 months ago

I don’t see why the Jays would want to go after Slowey with all those arms fighting for 2 spots. And at that price tag (albeit it isn’t really that high), I’d prefer the internal options. I can definitely see the Twins being interested in the surplus of major league ready relievers, but I’d be more interested in prospects in return.

hj_hall
4 years 5 months ago

Wow.
Slowey went from being the #4/#5 starter, to being possibly traded during spring training.
Blackburn/Baker/Duensing must have made some serious strides so oust Slowey from not only the rotation, but also the team. I hope whatever happens to Kevin, he gets a good chance as he has always had wonderful command.

4 years 5 months ago

Blackburn has looked really good this Spring for the Twins. It could have been the extra shove that gets Slowey out of MIN.

nick1538
4 years 5 months ago

Blackburn was hurt last year and the Twins organization was hiding it. All of the reports from spring training are saying he is healthy again. He is also regaining confidence in his slider.

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

Blackburn did not tell anyone he was hurt the way he was. He hid it from the Twins. The Twins did not know

4 years 5 months ago

That’s right… Thanks for the clarification.

4 years 5 months ago

He’s a #5, your leaving out Pavano.

nick1538
4 years 5 months ago

I think it also has to do with the depth behind Pavano, Liriano, Duensing, Blackburn and Baker. Last year the best option outside of the starting 5 was Brian Duensing (which I think paid off). This year there are very quality options in AAA (Dave Bromberg and Kyle Gibson). The Twins can trade Slowey and still have depth in the event of an injury (likely to happen).

iains
4 years 5 months ago

I’d call it doing due diligence for now. I don’t see an immediate advantage to acquiring Slowey

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

except that the diligence isn’t due. slowey’s a flyball pitcher who doesn’t miss bats. he isn’t a bad pitcher and he has room to grow, but toronto isn’t a good place for him at all

iains
4 years 5 months ago

Well, when you have as many scouts as the Jays, you need to keep them busy… this may be nothing more than data collecting.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

are you ever wrong? geeze

but yes exactly, no pitcher who hit 150 IP last year had a lower GB% than Slowey

him in Rogers center wouldn’t go well

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

I’m upset at myself for giving in to corporate slavery and calling it anything besides the Skydome

sports33
4 years 5 months ago

I feel like I’ve been brainwashed by Rogers Corp.
And I hate it.

brian199511
4 years 5 months ago

Get Brandon Morrow. He is a stud and the Mariners were stupid to trade him for a reliever. The Twins should not trade Slowey for relievers either. You can always find them.

4 years 5 months ago

no hope. morrow’s ceiling is higher than slowey’s. he’s younger and under control for longer

4 years 5 months ago

We wouldn’t be able to get Morrow from the BJs. Probably just end up with an average reliever.

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

1. Kyle Gibson, rhp
2. Aaron Hicks, of
3. Miguel Sano, 3b/ss

4 years 5 months ago

Why did you list those Twins prospects?

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

For a good laugh. That’s what I want for Morrow. Fair, no?

4 years 5 months ago

Oh okay. I did laugh at that.

4 years 5 months ago

You mean the Morrow that people are talking about again as a possible (as in real possibility) front of the rotation guy? Dream on.

BlueJaysFTW
4 years 5 months ago

LOL. Morrow is worth more than two of MIN’s top pitchers combined.

brian199511
4 years 5 months ago

Liriano is much more advanced than Morrow. Watched them both many times at the stadium. That said Morrow may, if he can develop control to go with heat, be as good. Not as good as Minnesota’s top two. Slowey is going to be a good middle of the rotation guy.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

I agree, his comment was much too far

Morrow has potential for sure

but

Liriano if can stay healthy is a top 10 starter in the league the next 5 years

4 years 5 months ago

slowey seems similar to shaun marcum. and the jays flipped him for lawrie. if the could pick slowey up for frasor, reyes & other, it’d almost be like trading those relievers for lawrie…

Andy Mc
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t think Slowey is as good as Marcum, but that is an interesting way of looking at things.

wild05fan
4 years 5 months ago

Correct, he’s nowhere near as good. He has avg stuff that relies on hitting corners, which normally end up over the plate, which normally ends up over a fence 400+ feet away. He is what he is.

4 years 5 months ago

I’d compare him more to Jesse Litsch than Shaun Marcum.

BlueJaysFTW
4 years 5 months ago

Jesse Litsch and Shaun Marcum are similar pitchers.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

similar is theory, different in execution

4 years 5 months ago

Jesse certainly does not have Marcum’s devastating change-up. Remember when the Rays’ switch hitter’s were hitting on the opposite side of the plate just try something different against that pitch?

4 years 5 months ago

Marcum is a control guy too. He doesn’t win with pure stuff (except his change up). I was looking more at numbers than style though.

MinnesotaTwins
4 years 5 months ago

I honestly don’t understand why the Jays would be interested but if the the return is right I really don’t care where he goes or what that teams needs are.

Tammy Rainey
4 years 5 months ago

makes no sense for either team. a frankly nonsensical report.

j6takish
4 years 5 months ago

Isn’t every game against the Pirates a ‘B’ game?

twins33
4 years 5 months ago

Makes no sense. The Twins have over 10 guys competing for two open bullpen spots and they dont all suck. Just puy Slowey in the bp. We’ll get more value out of him that way.

Hopefully this doesnt post three times

TwinsTapir
4 years 5 months ago

This makes no sense in a totally different way from which Twins trades that actually happen usually make no sense. JoeC is not really on the ball lately.

meanguygary
4 years 5 months ago

The Jays want Slowey to be the personal BP pitcher for Travis Snider.

4 years 5 months ago

No thank you.

Sincerely,

Blue Jays Fans

4 years 5 months ago

AA’s moves come out of thin air – this must mean they have zero interest in Kevin Slowey.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

chances are AA was spotted at the B game in which slowey pitched..

He easily could have been there watching someone else.

Jays rotation is fine, its the bats I worry about

0vercast
4 years 5 months ago

Who would the Twins have to throw in to complete a trade for Lawrie? Ben Revere?

MinnesotaTwins
4 years 5 months ago

That would be a dream trade. I would love it if it is realistic.

4 years 5 months ago

nothing…lawrie is just steps away from the bigs. he’s the first canadian to have a chance to STAR for the Jays. The traded their #1 starter for him. they are not going to trade him for a lesser prospect and an average pitcher

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

justin morneau

nick1538
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t have a problem with Bill Smith trading Slowey, but the return needs to be right. I don’t think he needs to get more relief arms, because there are just too many quality options to try before looking to trade for a veteran. If the deal was for prospects, that is just fine. The only problem is that Slowey’s value is not at its peak, so the return wouldn’t be that great. The next problem is there is no spot in the rotation for him to boost his value for a trade.

NicholasDerosa
4 years 5 months ago

My guess is they would flip him to another team. Preferably one who makes bad trades and needs starting pitching. I can think of a few.

Tools_of_Ignorance
4 years 5 months ago

At least someone thinks the way I do.

Tools_of_Ignorance
4 years 5 months ago

Purely speculation on my part, but any chance AA’s interest in Slowey is merely as a chip? Would look good pitching under Dave Duncan’s tutelage….

….but that’s really too many assumptions, no?