After going into the All-Star break on a 2-8 slide, the Blue Jays have righted the ship by winning seven of 10 games since the Midsummer Classic. This hot streak has gotten the Jays back into the postseason picture, as they currently hold a one-game lead over the Yankees for the second AL wild card slot. Here’s the latest hot stove buzz out of Toronto…
- The Phillies specifically scouted a recent rehab start by Jays southpaw prospect Sean Nolin, Rogers Sportnet’s Shi Davidi reports. Nolin was rated as the 97th-best prospect in the sport by Baseball America prior to the 2013 season, and he owns a 3.12 ERA, 7.5 K/9 and 1.62 K/BB rate over 13 Triple-A starts.
- Also from Davidi’s piece, the Rangers are one of a few clubs who have been sending more scouts to watch the Jays’ short-season Class A team in Vancouver. Righty Miguel Castro, left-hander Jairo Labourt and shortstop Franklin Barreto appear to be drawing the bulk of the scouts’ interest.
- Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is “an option” for the Jays, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link). Cabrera would presumably be a candidate at second base for Toronto since Jose Reyes is locked into the shortstop job; Cabrera saw lots of action at the keystone over the first three years of his career but hasn’t seen any action at 2B since 2009. He is a free agent this winter and is thought to be an expendable piece for the Tribe since top prospect Francisco Lindor is on the way.
- The Padres were willing to pay all of the $4MM that was owed to Chase Headley for the rest of the 2014 season as part of a proposed deal that would’ve sent the third baseman to Toronto, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports. An executive familiar with the negotiations between the Padres and Jays tells Elliott that San Diego was asking for Juan Francisco and two “not big-time prospects” in return. Francisco (.242/.313/.529 with 16 homers in 249 PA) is having a much better season than Headley (.238/.300/.371 with eight homers in 330 PA) and comes with three years of control while Headley is a free agent after this season, though Headley has obviously been the more high-profile player in recent years. San Diego ended up dealing Headley to the Yankees for Yangervis Solarte, Rafael De Paula and all but $1MM of Headley’s remaining salary.
- The Blue Jays were one of 28 teams at the Rusney Castillo showcase on Saturday, Shi Davidi tweets, with the Jays sending “multiple people” to check out the Cuban outfielder.
Find it a bit hard to see Asdrubal as a Jays fit right now. Converting him back to 2B mid-season, and him adapting to the turf, seems like a bit of a challenge. I could see a match this offseason though.
Indeed, especially with the Indians still technically in the race.
I’m sure the padres are happy with Solarte for Headley. Solarte has done well with the padres since being traded. Btw both hit their 1st homer with their new teams yesterday. When’s the last time guys that were traded for each other hit their 1st homer for their new team on the same day?
Francisco for Headley straight up was too much given the team control on both players and the seasons they are having. Asking for 2 more prospects on top of that is a little insane. That is giving Headley way too much credit for his ONE great season, that he has otherwise never come close to matching.
I’m also very glad the Jays did not make this trade. It would have been ludicrous.
The park effects at play on both sides are so extreme that I don’t think you’re properly evaluating either player.
The $ and control is a big deal, though – agreed on that.
Sean Nolin is coming back at the perfect time. He’s one of the few upper minors guys that has value. I don’t think AA will deal Norris or Pompey. If he can get something decent for a package centered around Nolin, that would be a good result.
I completely agree. Pompey and Norris are going nowhere, or if they are, it won’t be for anything short of one of the best players in baseball. Nolin, on the other hand, could be included in a deal to help acquire a useful cog in the wheel.