It is basically status quo on the trade market as far as the Toronto Blue Jays rumours go.
Here is a quick rundown on today’s news.
-Josh Johnson continues to be a hot target among MLB teams, and the Blue Jays are still being linked as a possible landing spot.
Baseball executives seem divided on the Marlins’ plans for Josh Johnson, but it’s clear the right-hander is drawing considerable interest as the trade deadline approaches. One official told Jayson Stark there’s a 95% chance the 28-year-old stays put. But other executives told Joel Sherman they’d be shocked if the Marlins don’t trade him. The Rangers, Angels, Orioles and Blue Jays appear to have interest in Johnson, who earns $13.75MM per season through 2013. Here’s the latest on Johnson, with the most recent rumors up top:
Johnson would prefer to be near his home in Oklahoma or his wife’s home in Orange County, California, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter).
The Marlins are seeking a Mark Teixeira-like package for Johnson, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. Miami seeks at least three good young pieces for Johnson, Heyman writes. The Rangers, of course, obtained Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia when they traded Teixeira five years ago.
QUICK TAKE: If the Marlins think they are going to receive a package comparable to the ‘Tex’ deal I think they are destined to be disappointed. I also feel the Blue Jays would go nowhere near that type of package for a pitcher they would only control for one more season.
UPDATE: 9:50pm – The Blue Jays are undeterred by their series loss to the A’s and are still pursuing Johnson, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
-It doesn’t appear the Toronto Blue Jays are serious suitors for the services of Zack Greinke, here is the latest from MLB trade rumours:
The market for Zack Greinke appears to consist of the Rangers, Angels, White Sox and Braves, ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark reports. Rival teams say the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Dodgers aren’t involved on Greinke, and the Indians and Orioles have limited interest in pitchers headed for free agency, Stark writes.
–Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar remains a possible option for the A’s, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes. However, the shortstop says he likes playing in Toronto and doesn’t want to be traded, according to Slusser.