Blue Jays Interested In Starting Pitching

The Blue Jays recently signed Jamie Moyer to add depth to a rotation that's seen Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison and Brandon Morrow hit the disabled list in recent weeks, and their search for pitching reinforcements won’t end with the 49-year-old left-hander. Officials of three teams describe the Blue Jays as being in a “full court press” for rotation help, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reports. The 38-38 Blue Jays maintain a buyer’s stance, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports report.

The team recently sent multiple scouts to at least two of Wandy Rodriguez’s starts, Rosenthal and Morosi report. The club has also maintained contact with the Cubs about Matt Garza, FOX reports. The Blue Jays prefer to acquire players who are under team control for an extended period and Rodriguez (team control through 2013 or 2014) and Garza (through 2013) are more than rental players. 

The Blue Jays are giving “little indication” that they intend to trade potential free agents Edwin Encarnacion and Kelly Johnson, Rosenthal and Morosi write. Scouts are saying they’ve been told Encarnacion is available for the “right” pitcher, Stark reports. Yet one person told Stark Encarnacion is "not available, as far as I know." Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com wrote earlier today that the Blue Jays would have multiple suitors if they make Encarnacion available.

Stark suggests the Blue Jays could have interest in recently designated Cubs starter Randy Wells.


37 Responses to Blue Jays Interested In Starting Pitching Leave a Reply

  1. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    Aren’t 2 or 3 of the Jays SP on the 60 day DL/out for most of the season?

    parting with premium prospects for Garza makes no sense. he only fills one gaping hole in the rotation.

  2. Paul Shailor 3 years ago

    I think AA will be going after Garza, however Theo probably wants more than Garza is worth. Greinke would make a suitable trade target if they can sign him to an extension while they do the trade.

    However I could see AA going for the home run with Felix. They match up with seatle because they do have a young cost controlled hitter (Lawrie) that SEA would want, and have some bats in the farm. This trade could get done, and I know for Felix it would require much more than just Lawrie but he would be a good starting point for negotiations and is valuable in his own right.

    • Sniderlover 3 years ago

       It makes no sense to go after Garza now. Jays playoff hopes are done and the starting pitching is in total shambles. Jays will look for short-term bandaid rather than giving up a lot to get Garza who doesn’t have much control left.

  3. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    With the likes of Brett Cecil, Villanueva, Chavez and Laffey in the rotation, this seems kind of shocking to me.

    We have the best beer league starting rotation, pretty much ever.

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

      I dunno man. The Yankees had a pretty good one last year.

    • lawries_helmet 3 years ago

       it will get better when Moyer gets called up…

  4. WolandJR 3 years ago

    John Lannan anyone? I heard that he could be had for a large order of poutine. 

  5. gr8testsoxfan 3 years ago

    Garza for Lawrie

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      I’d give you a slightly used Brett Lawrie batting helmet for Garza.
      Has small dent on left side

      Final Offer

      • lawries_helmet 3 years ago

         i don’t want to go to chicago!!!!

        • lefty177 3 years ago

          thank you so much for that laugh, i kind of figured when I saw Lunchbox posted that that you would respond with something like that

  6. Why do we need starting pitching? Its way better watching 9-7 games.

    • Morley C 3 years ago

      I’d take a 7-1 win over a 7-9 loss any night.

  7. CubHope 3 years ago

    Can’t see the BlueJays or anyone else wanting Randy Wells right now.  He may very well need a change of scenery and if Theo could get a decent prospect for him that would be great, but right now, he’s not capable of helping anyone

    • not capable of helping anyone? really? anyone??

      CubHope, i’d like to introduce you to a couple people… this is brett, and over there is aaron, the tall one here is scott, and thats jesse and carlos down the end… the old guy in the corner is jamie, he’ll probably be around soon too…

  8. Cole hamels, Cliff lee, Victorino  and Jesse Biddle for Colby rasmus, Casey Janseen Edwin Encarnacion (sign him) and Brandon Morrow…I know its a huge trade but DO IT because it takes money off the books for the phils…im sure the jays dont have money for that though

    • ukJaysfan 3 years ago

      Make sure to bring marshmallows for when the Phils fans torch Citizens Bank Park in protest.

    • johnsmith4 3 years ago

      Jays have money to spend.  Just not “stupid” money.

    • Jaysfan724 3 years ago

      lol Jesse Biddle

  9. macdice 3 years ago

    Jason Vargas for Travis Snider.  

    • as much as vargas would probably be an upgrade over much of the desperation that is the current blue jays rotation, i would rather watch multiple brett cecil implosions and lose 90+ games than miss out on travis snider’s last attempt to hit big league pitching in a jays uniform. if the jays still have any aspirations of playoffs this year, vargas doesnt get them there, so i’d rather not sell low on whatever value and potential that snider has left.

  10. Beersy 3 years ago

    If the Jays aren’t looking for a frontline starting pitcher, maybe they should take a look at Clayton Richard.  He has been pitching quite good lately and the Jays have prospects to deal.

    • Jaysfan724 3 years ago

      Hmmm, I fear his performance in the East but at this point, anyone is fair game, especially with Ricky Ro struggling.  On top of that, he wouldn’t even cost high prospects.  I don’t think the Jays need a frontline guy necessarily, especially one that is a free agent at the end of the year, but perhaps one or two solid guys that can fill the void for Drabek and Hutchison in the back of the rotation.  Morrow has a possibility to be back after the All-Star break, so they can keep the little pitching roulette they got going on for that until Morrow comes back.  It hurts the Jays are still losing despite averaging roughly 5-6 runs a game since their starters went down.

    • Robb Logan 3 years ago

      I see the friars more inclined to trade Volquez over Richards as that would net them a better return which is what they seem to want.

  11. Wandy to the Jays…..or Detroit or NY or Boston

  12. Too easy. Brett Lawrie for Shaun Marcum.

  13. bigpat 3 years ago

    In other news, fish are interested in water. 

  14. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    the last 2 years they added a starting SS and a starting CF.

    both massive improvements going forward… being a “buyer” doesn’t neccessarily mean trading for a rental player

  15. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    It all depends where they are at in a few weeks.  Despite being only .500, they are 3.5 games out of a playoff spot, I don’t think they would write themselves off in that position.  And Tbh, I see Encarnacion getting locked up for roughly 2 years/15 mill with a 3rd option year.  Kelly Johnson is about worth a case of Molson…Adam Lind is worth the bottle cap on one of those Molsons.

  16. trade for Kershaw?

  17. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    that makes no sense.

    last year picking up colby rasmus made them a “buyer” but did it mean they were declaring they were playoff bound?

    no. they can buy and improve their team for years to come, without declaring anything for this year.

  18. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    “please, the blue jays aren’t going to be buyers in the least.”

    you are the only one who is associating adding pieces now to making the playoffs this year.

  19. Robb Logan 3 years ago

    Thanks for the laugh

  20. as long as joey bats, morrow and lawrie are on the plane to la too.

  21. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    Decisions of their direction should be made I would say about a week after the All-Star Break.  But I agree, they don’t need a front-end starter per say, although if the price is right for one, go for it, however they just need reliable inning eaters that can fill the void for Drabek and Hutchison.

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