Cafardo On Blue Jays, Kemp, Red Sox, Stanton

In today’s column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the waiver deadline period could produce some significant deals around baseball. The Phillies probably won’t find deals for Jonathan Papelbon (contract) and Cliff Lee (health concerns plus contract) but A.J. Burnett could conceivably be moved.  Meanwhile, the Blue Jays continue to, as one executive said to Cafardo, “kick the tires on just about everything but never seem to do anything.”  More from today’s column..

  • The Red Sox may have been scouting Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but their dialogue with the Dodgers was virtually nonexistent despite the constant rumors connecting the two.  The Dodgers, Cafardo writes, were never going to deal Kemp, who has been one of their best right-handed hitters.
  • The Dodgers were also never really in on Red Sox hurlers Jon Lester or John Lackey but really wanted Andrew Miller and came close to giving Boston one of their best pitching prospects for him.
  • It seems as if the Red Sox and other teams have finally come to the realization that Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton isn’t going anywhere and that could be a reason why the Red Sox obtained Yoenis Cespedes, who obviously isn’t as good but has the power and athleticism to improve. For now, he seems to feel that Miami is moving in the right direction and appears to be all in on staying with the Marlins.
  • The buzz around baseball is that the Cubs will be all in on Jon Lester.  Cubs president Theo Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod were in Boston with Lester during his trying times.  Also, the Cubs will have to rebuild their rotation at some point and adding Lester would be a major, major step in that direction.

28 Responses to Cafardo On Blue Jays, Kemp, Red Sox, Stanton Leave a Reply

  1. Victoria Roberts 12 months ago

    Marlins aren’t moving Stanton? You don’t say.

  2. Jaysfan1994 12 months ago

    The Marlins are going to move Stanton just like they’ve moved every other star they’ve ever had before him.

  3. Will be interesting to see the offer the Cubs make to Lester given the past history.

  4. Christopher Rioux 12 months ago

    Marlins aren’t moving Stanton.

    Tomorrow: Fan of “x” team with fantasy-land trade proposal involving Stanton.

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    • LazerTown 12 months ago

      Why wait until tomorrow?

    • Victoria Roberts 12 months ago

      You take that back. I think I can put together a trade proposal with 4 or 5 AAAA guys/major league washouts/number 5 outfielders/middle relievers/number one prospects from 6 years ago, that would really wow the Marlins.

      • Don’t forget Will Middlebrooks. Now that Doubront is gone, he needs to be the centerpiece.

        • Victoria Roberts 12 months ago

          I figured we could probably build it around him and Buchholz. They’ve both been abject failures this year, but I’m sure the Marlins interest will be peaked.

          • Ace2095 12 months ago

            You and your silly fan trade proposals, everybody knows that you cannot get Stanton unless you give up Victorino and Napoli, I mean who could say no to a package of Buchholz, Will Middlebrooks, Victorino and Napoli…….while were at it just sign Daniel Bard and send him to Miami also they would jump all over it.

          • Victoria Roberts 12 months ago

            Is it too late to put Mike Carp back on the active roster? I say the deal never gets done without Carp.

          • Ace2095 12 months ago

            We never should of traded Gomes for Cespedes when we could of trade him for Stanton. Cherrington really whiffed on this one :(

      • Christopher Rioux 12 months ago

        Daniel Bard’s music just started playing!!!

    • 108 stitches 12 months ago

      He can move himself to the tune of 8/240 -10/300 after next season commences. Enough trade talk is right. Lets see where he ends up and what Loria’s big talk means. Does he flinch or does he pay…..just enjoy the ride.

  5. Dodgers were probably offering Chris Anderson, I think Boston had been scouting him

    • vtadave 12 months ago

      As a Dodgers fan, I’d have been okay with that. Still would have Urias and Holmes. Miller would have really helped.

  6. bobbybaseball 12 months ago

    I can’t see why the Cubs would go the six or seven years that Lester will require, when they won’t be competitive for at least two more years even if the kids come up (not all rookies are great immediately, plus some won’t hit at all). By then, Cubs would be paying for the declining years. I understand the connection, but just don’t see it happening.

    • KJ4realz 12 months ago

      They could realistically bring up Baez and Bryant next year (could win out in ST). Sign a couple guys and you have a solid core to build around that could grow for 2015. If things pan out I wouldne be surprised to see the Cubs compete as early as 2016 (which is 2 years like you said). That’s not bad to have Lester during that time then. Two years he’ll be 32, on the decline, but not a bad anchor to have when your core is so young.

  7. BlueSkyLA
    BlueSkyLA 12 months ago

    So Cafardo finally admits that the Kemp trade rumors were cooked up by the sports media and never made any sense in the first place. Now tell us something we didn’t know.

  8. Zak Arn 12 months ago

    Stanton is going somewhere.. in 2017 when he walks to another team.

  9. They’re sort of hanging by a thread when they could be winning the division if their billionaire ownership corporation would spend a little more money. It appears that they’re willing to settle for an over .500 record when they could be a more legitimate contender.

  10. Jaysfan1994 12 months ago

    I think they’re more content with television ratings of them battling for the playoffs then they are with the team actually making the playoffs.

  11. Againigan 12 months ago

    And that’s the problem with having a corporation owning the team. It’s all about making money. Toronto needs a guy like Mike Illitch.

  12. Bob Bunker 12 months ago

    I think they offer 6 150 with maybe even an opt out to make sure the Red Sox don’t match. Why Not he only costs money which they should have in spades.

  13. I understand all of that. There’s also a thing called “investing.”

    When you have the only baseball team in a decent sized country, having a winning record goes a long way. Look at the Jays’ payroll in the 90s.

  14. 108 stitches 12 months ago

    They will always have some issues with income taxes but you are right, they are the only team north of the border and Toronto can be a happening place with a winner and the proper marketing. Even in New York the Yankees were never the Yankees until the season after the Black Sox, The Babe sale, etc.. I remember those years between 85-94. Toronto was a good baseball team and town.

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