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.

58 Responses to Blue Jays Expect To Trade Purcey; Astros Interested Leave a Reply

  1. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Purcey + 80 million for Brandon Wood

    Just to even things out

  2. Tbird90 4 years ago

    another JP pitcher bust

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

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

      • Jesse Nitzschke 4 years ago

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

      • Lunchbox45 4 years 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 ago

          Rzep > JoJo> GingerBreadMan

          • Lunchbox45 4 years 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 ago

            led rzeplin is my new favorite baseball nickname.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

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

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

        • Lucas Kschischang 4 years 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…

          • 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 ago

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

          • TartanElk 4 years 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 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 ago

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

  3. Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

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


    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

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

      • Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

        Actually, I kinda did mean that, yeah…

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

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

  4. 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 ago

      also allowed Jays to recall Mills for the time being

    • iains 4 years ago

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

  5. mgsports 4 years ago

    Yankees or Cubs?

  6. EvanKanewtson 4 years ago


  7. rovert22044 4 years ago

    Wow. I called this. “Astros Interested”

    • 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 ago

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

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

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

          • mozelpuffski 4 years 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.

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

          • mozelpuffski 4 years ago

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

  8. *Jays_44* 4 years ago

    So realistically what can Jays look forward to getting back?

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

    • 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 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 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.

      • 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 ago

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

  9. crashcameron 4 years ago

    are we canucks the only ones left on this site?

    • ellisburks 4 years ago

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

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Purcey for Brett Wallace!

  11. 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.

  12. 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 ago

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

      • Manny_Lee 4 years 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 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 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 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 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.

  13. 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

  14. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I’m sorry sir, I know no other way.

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