Blue Jays Trade Rumours – July 24, 2012

With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching (July 31) I thought I would start to recap any and all trade rumours involving the Blue Jays. 

Here is what was making the rounds today:

-MLB trade rumours reports the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson.

5:24pm: The Marlins told teams they would trade only one of Johnson or Sanchez, so it would take a “blowaway” offer to land Johnson as of now, reports Peter Gammons of MLB Network (on Twitter).

4:15pm: Teams inquiring on Johnson are being told his finger issue is minor,’s Jayson Stark reports (on Twitter). Johnson is expected to make his next start.

2:49pm: The Blue Jays are interested in Marlins starter Josh Johnson, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The Blue Jays also have interest in Hanley Ramirez, but their interest in Johnson is stronger, Morosi reports.

Johnson, 28, has a 4.14 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 in 119 2/3 innings of work this year. The 6’7″ right-hander earns $13.75MM per season in 2012 and 2013. He has a ground ball rate of 46.9% and an average fastball velocity of 93 mph, according to FanGraphs. Johnson experienced irritation on the middle finger of his pitching hand in last night’s start.

The Blue Jays, now 48-47, are said to be looking for controllable starting pitching options, even after acquiring J.A. Happ. The club’s injury-depleted rotation currently includes Ricky Romero, Aaron Laffey, Carlos Villanueva, Henderson Alvarez and Brett Cecil.

The Marlins are drawing interest in a number of players, including Ramirez and Johnson, after trading Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Detroit. They’re open to moving Ramirez, but likely to keep Johnson.

Quick Take: Where there  is smoke, there is normally fire they say but with Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos anytime I read a player being linked to the team I am actually less optimistic about landing said player.  Johnson would be a monster addition and he is pitching extremely well, outside of rotten luck on his BABIP. 

The cost would likely be enormous, taking one of the Lansing big three (Aaron Sanchez, Justin Nicolino and Noah Syndergaard) plus Anthony Gose and possibly more.  I would love to see the Jays make an aggressive pitch and see where it takes them.

-The Toronto Blue Jays also have interest in Florida Marlins third basemen Hanley Ramirez, a former shortstop.

Per MLB trade rumours:

2:15pm: The Athletics, Dodgers, Blue Jays and Orioles are among the teams with interest in Hanley Ramirez, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). Interest levels in Ramirez vary and nothing is close, Rosenthal reports. The Red Sox are also interested, according to USA Today. However, Gordon Edes of hears Boston isn’t in on Ramirez (Twitter link).

An American League official told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins’ asking price for Hanley Ramirez is “not ridiculous.” Miami wants quality young pieces in return for Ramirez, who earns $15MM in 2012, $15.5MM in 2013 and $16MM in 2014. The infielder does not have no-trade protection.

Jon Heyman of suggests the A’s, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants, Pirates, Blue Jays and Orioles are potential fits for Ramirez. Earlier today, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs suggested Toronto could be a fit because Rogers Centre is a haven for right-handed power hitters. Though I have no doubt the Blue Jays checked in on Ramirez, they routinely inquire in available players, so this isn’t necessarily an indication of serious interest.

Quick Take: This one I do not understand at all.  A rotten attitude (alleged), awful defensively, two straight subpar offensive seasons and what position would he play?  He has shown literally zero range at third so I wouldn’t be overly excited at seeing him try his hand at second base.

A midseason positional and league change on a suspect player?  Thanks but no thanks, I don’t see this one taking shape.

-Jon Morosi reported a potential three team trade involving the Toronto Blue Jays, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox.  

Per his blog: 

Chicago getting Zack Greinke by sending Gavin Floyd “to the Blue Jays for a package headed by Class A left-hander Justin Nicolino, then Nicolino and another piece – perhaps one of the White Sox’s young major-league relievers, perhaps one of their outfield prospects, Jared Mitchell or Trayce Thompson – for Greinke.

“The White Sox scouted [Nicolino’s] most recent start on Sunday. And the Blue Jays had two scouts at Floyd’s start on Monday night,” he explains.

“It’s also possible that the Blue Jays were more interested in Minnesota Twins left-handerFrancisco Liriano and other players than Floyd.”

“The Jays employ so many scouts, they routinely send multiple representatives to games.”

Quick Take: It is Jon Morosi and this seems a bit far-fetched if you ask me.  While I wouldn’t doubt the Blue Jays would love to add an arm like Gavin Floyd, this doesn’t seem like the type of deal Anthopoulos would be looking to make.

-Blue Jays are reportedly interested in Minnesota Twins left hander Francisco Liriano according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

-Blue Jays are rumoured to have interest in Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke tweets Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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  3. 3 budyzer13 July 25, 2012 at 1:24 am

    I’m sure AA has many interests doesn’t mean the price is right. We are going to need pitching going forward into 2013 and this time of year gm’s are more engaged and apt to make deals so it’s not like the jays by making a trade are going for it this year but it would be nice to land Floyd or Johnson and win dome games this year too.

  4. 4 chief00 July 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I’m inclined to think Josh Johnson’s a pipe dream since MIA has reeled him back in. Apparently they only wanted to deal “one of” Sanchez and Johnson.

    The Justin Nicolino, Gavin Floyd, et al thing is pretty funny. Sometimes I wonder about Morosi.

    As you suggest, Hanley’s an odd player for the Jays to consider. He doesn’t seem to fit anywhere, has a big salary (though MIA will eat a large portion of it, I expect), and has declined offensively.

    As I compose this, Lunchbox has homered again and he’s superior to Hanley defensively. Lawrie’s at 3B. 2B? Sacrifice defense for marginally more offense and hope for a return to form? Plus he’s yet another righty bat, potentially replacing one (Snider) or another (Johnson) lefty bat. It just doesn’t seem like an AA thing to do.

    The only way HanRam makes sense to me is as a flip (LAD? MIL?). However, I’m not sure how well TOR matches up with either of those teams There’s Greinke of course, but that’s a long-shot now with TEX losing Colby Lewis.

    All this said, I’d like to see them make a splash after doing so little in the off-season. I think that there’s a shutdown coming, and more arms are needed anyways. The young-pitcher pitch counts (Alvarez; Hutch; Drabek) suggested that moves were a reasonable expectation anyways. I find it difficult to believe that AA thought that the young guys could get them into contention, then was preparing to replace them for the stretch drive in Aug/Sept with Coello, Chavez, Richmond, etc.

    I think I’m fresh out of trade possibilities. I actually expect a surprise (a la Ichiro the the NYY), and AA rarely disappoints.

    • 5 AL Eastbound (@ALEastbound) July 24, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I agree, Josh Johnson will be heavily sought after and the price might get borderline ridiculous by the end.

      I too hope AA has something up his sleeve and I assume he has many lines in the water.

      I’d avoid Hanley like the plague, he is just not worth the financial commitment given his awful defensive abilities and likely inability to play SS given the presence of Yunel (4.3 WAR last year).

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