Blue Jays Expect To Trade Purcey; Astros Interested

10:10pm: The Astros are interested in Purcey, according to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun (on Twitter). Houston is one of the potentially interested teams I speculated on earlier tonight.

6:36pm: Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told Barry Davis of Sportsnet that he expects to deal recently designated reliever David Purcey within the next ten days instead of allowing another team to claim the left-hander on waivers (Twitter link). The Blue Jays designated Purcey for assignment earlier today, which means they have ten days to trade him, release him or, if he clears waivers, assign him to the minor leagues.

It seems likely that Purcey will draw interest, since he posted a 3.71 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 34 innings last year. The former first rounder has a 92 mph fastball and is still just 28. Left-hander Garrett Olson, another first round selection, was snapped up off of waivers last month, after the Mariners made him available.

However, Purcey has an 11.57 ERA with three strikeouts and four walks in 2 1/3 innings over the course of five appearances so far this year. Worst of all, he allowed two hits and a walk to the four batters he faced in Seattle last night, allowing the Mariners to start an unlikely comeback.


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58 Comments on "Blue Jays Expect To Trade Purcey; Astros Interested"


Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Purcey + 80 million for Brandon Wood

Just to even things out

4 years 4 months ago

how would that even things out? ANA is still getting 4 more years of gold glove defense out of Vernon Wells.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

ohhhho hooo yess!

He say nice day, but he covered with rain.! he say the opposite, hes funny!

4 years 4 months ago

yeah, thanks fouad.

Guest
4 years 4 months ago

HAHA, fouad. Now that’s sarcasm!

Tbird90
4 years 4 months ago

another JP pitcher bust

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

along with Romero, Cecil, Rzepczynski,… yeah they all suck

Jesse Nitzschke
4 years 4 months ago

How are any of those pitchers failures????????????????????

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

sarcasm buddy. get with it.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Mcgowan, Marcum, Ginger,

rzep is so underrated, they need to move him back to the rotation. Enough of this jOjO character

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

Rzep > JoJo> GingerBreadMan

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

I’d take litsch over Jojo, but definitely led rzeplin over both of them

I can’t see AA getting anything worthwhile for Purcey, unless someone is sent with him.

jwredsox
4 years 4 months ago

led rzeplin is my new favorite baseball nickname.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

I think i read it first from Jordan Bastian. but I agree its awesome

4 years 4 months ago

I think you read it first on DJF (courtesy of bastian), but I agree its awesome

Lucas Kschischang
4 years 4 months ago

Rzep is pretty terrible out of the Rotation, but in the ‘pen he’s be exceptional. Keep him in a role where he’ll be most valuable.

Also, JoJo Reyes mean’s business, with a name like JoJo, you have to take him seriously…

4 years 4 months ago

By “pretty terrible out of the rotation”, you mean posting a 4.32 ERA (100 ERA+) with an 8K/9 and a 4 BB/9? Combined with a 50 % GB, in just 125 innings? You sure you want to stick with that assessment that Rzep is “pretty terrible out of the rotation”?

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

not to mention the fact that he’s only 25.

TartanElk
4 years 4 months ago

Isn’t 25 ancient in baseball terms?

Just like those people who seem to feel like a 9-year-old not playing in Hi-A yet is a bust as a prospect.

Lucas Kschischang
4 years 4 months ago

A WHIP of 1.60 in 63.4 IP last year isn’t very good. <1.40 is good out of the rotation. Anything more than that, is "pretty terrible" – 0.00 ERA out of the 'pen this year? I'm not gonna move him.

Lucas Kschischang
4 years 4 months ago

Also, Jo-Jo Reyes’ career WHIP is >1.60… So get rid of him – you can’t be giving up THAT many baserunners.

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 4 months ago

Ya think we could add value to the deal by adding Rivera?

Maybe?

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

if by add value you mean subtract value.. then yes.

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 4 months ago

Actually, I kinda did mean that, yeah…

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

at this point I don’t even think the jays could trade Rivera’s rights to a Japanese team

4 years 4 months ago

k but seriously, the DFA is so whoever TOR trades him to can have him pitch in AAA, right? As in he probably didn’t have much value if they don’t put him off the 40-man since nobody is going to want to let him take up a 25 man spot?

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

also allowed Jays to recall Mills for the time being

iains
4 years 4 months ago

any team that picks up Purcey would have the same issues sending him to the minors.. would have to go through waivers.

mgsports
4 years 4 months ago

Yankees or Cubs?

EvanKanewtson
4 years 4 months ago

Mets?

iorekk
4 years 4 months ago

PURCEY FOR EMAUS!!!

rovert22044
4 years 4 months ago

Wow. I called this. “Astros Interested”

4 years 4 months ago

I read this post this morning and thought to my self no way will Houston not show interest in Purcey. I like his stats from last year and he could easily be an upgrade to the bullpen but I pray we give little to nothing up. If we make a move of course.

rovert22044
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t think the Astros will make a move, as we really don’t have anything to give.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Purcey’s value isn’t much, shouldn’t be difficult.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

if purcey did not have value he would not have made the team as out of options player, they would have kept casey from the get go -Purcey, if no value, would be plaed on waivers and if another team picked him, the jays would let him go for nothing. but this is not what is happening as he does have value – what he needs to do is find the strike zone consitently.

4 years 4 months ago

He said Purcey’s value isn’t much, not Purcey has no value.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

no but he clearly thinks he will be traded for anything of somewhat value; might as well say worthless.

*Jays_44*
4 years 4 months ago

So realistically what can Jays look forward to getting back?

Or does it look like a PTBNL or Cash Considerations type deal?

4 years 4 months ago

I’d expect a PTBNL given the Jays only have 10 days to trade him. The Astros will probably submit some list of players to the Jays to choose from later on and the Jays will send 50 scouts to watch those players.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

ptbnl typically results in cash considerations. I do not think that AA would want some cash (50k-100k typically) as that is not what the Jays need at this point in time. I do believe there will be more then just Purcey in the mix and that AA will obtain a high ceiling project – Purcey is still young, shy of 29, and based on past history a lot of lefty bullpenners typically do not find their schtick till they are 30-31 – downs is a perfect example of this. Purcey if ever decides to find the strike zone would be an asset in every mlb teams pen.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

it will be a low or high A ball player with upside. I highly doubt it will be a one for one situation. There is likely to be more players involved and possibly another team or two. At the end of the day, AA will end up with a high ceiling project on his hands, which is of course what he is aiming to obtain in all trades and draft picks.

4 years 4 months ago

When a player is DFA, 99% of the time time the trade is a PTBNL or a mid prospect. This could be the 1% that something more is in the mix but it doesn’t look very promising.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

or add someone else and get a low level higher ceiling prospect.

crashcameron
4 years 4 months ago

are we canucks the only ones left on this site?

ellisburks
4 years 4 months ago

Yes. Now quit interrupting me. I am eating my back-bacon while cleaning my igloo.

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

Purcey for Brett Wallace!

rovert22044
4 years 4 months ago

HAHA!

4 years 4 months ago

Anyone from Astro territory know of any players that are likely to move in a trade for Purcey? I have 0 knowledge on the Astros so just looking for someone who might have heard something.

4 years 4 months ago

purcey run with the jays has been plenty long enough. what is this, his 7th or 8th year with the organization?? and all for almost zero return, besides a half decent 2010 where he rarely pitched in meaningful parts of games. he is pushing 30 now and its time to see what you can get for him. his pluses are still his pluses, but unfortunately his faults are the same faults he had when he first came up 4-5 years ago.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

and scott downs was awesome in his 20’s????

Manny_Lee
4 years 4 months ago

It has been stated already, but I guess it needs repeating, PURCEY IS NOT SCOTT DOWNS! (Purcey’s plus pitch is his fastball, if he can throw it for strikes) Purcey may turn into a serviceable reliever (judging by his splits though, not a LOOGY) but to do that may require him shuffling around a few organizations before figuring it out…

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

read above minus the potato stuffing and first sentence, and throw in a high rated slider. purcey has a live arm, you dont give it up on it and if you do, you def get something decent *low level prospect* in return.

iains
4 years 4 months ago

And potatoes are tasty too. Baked, fried, diced… all very nice. I figured I could talk about potatoes since they have as much to do with Purcey as Downs does.

mozelpuffski
4 years 4 months ago

you are very bright i see??? if you new what you were saying you would know downs was not solid till bout 31. Purcey has a live arm and needs to learn to be consistent. this is not a guy struggling at mlb level due to quality pitches but rather lack of consistency. on that note keep on stuffing potatoes it seems that is what you may be best at…

iains
4 years 4 months ago

The only things in common between Downs and Purcey is they are left handed pitchers. Downs has always had much better control than Purcey but lacked anything over powering. Downs as a starter would fall down on the second time through the order and the opposition would hit him like a piñata. Purcey on the other hand has never had any control. He has a plus fastball (which Downs does not) but the moment Purcey let the ball go he had no clue where it was going… so he walked a ton of guys. Downs was an easy answer, don’t let him go through the order more than once. Purcey was a walk danger the moment he took the mound. The two have nothing to do with each other.

4 years 4 months ago

i remember scotty downs as a cubbie and he was horrible in his 2os all though he had potential which he finally capitilized on in his 30s so look up his stats watch some youtube videos and maybe watch some old games before saying stupid stuff you have no idea about

Lunchbox45
4 years 4 months ago

I’m sorry sir, I know no other way.