Blue Jays Rumours – Trade Deadline Day – July 31, 2013

Not sure if the Blue Jays will be major players but I will update the various rumours throughout the day involving the team, division and league.

Blue Jays Interesting in Angels 2B Howie Kendrick?

In recent days, the Blue Jays have expressed geniune interest in Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.  While the Blue Jays aren’t buyers in the traditional sense, they are looking at ways of addressing needs for 2013 and beyond.

Kendrick, 30, will earn the prorated portion of $8.75MM in 2013, $9.35MM in 2014, and $9.5MM in 2015 before hitting free agency.  This season, Kendrick is hitting .301/.344/.446 with eleven homers and is looking stronger than he did in 2012.

QUICK TAKE: Given the lack of production from any of the Blue Jays 2B this season and the refusal to move Brett Lawrie from his more natural 3B position this would be something to watch.  Not sure what the price would be however.

Blue Jays Not Discussing Justin Morneau?

The latest on Twins first baseman and 2006 AL MVP Justin Morneau

  • The PiratesOrioles and two unidentified teams have shown interest in Morneau recently, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The Rangers don’t appear to be a fit, as they’re seeking a right-handed bat, and the Yankees are content with Lyle Overbayas a lefty swinging option at first base.
  • Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN tweets that the Twins are willing to eat some of the remaining $4.6MM on Morneau’s contract if it means receiving a decent return.
  • Reports from earlier today stated that Morneau wasn’t a fit with the Orioles due to his contract and lack of production.

QUICK TAKE: There were reports from other Blue Jays bloggers linking the Jays with Morneau but I do not see that as a fit at this time.  Perhaps in the off-season but it would definitely not be worth giving up a prospect for him right now.

Could Blue Jays & Rangers Be Discussing Big Trades?

As the Rangers expand their search for offense, they’ve called the Blue Jays about Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports (Twitter link). The Blue Jays aren’t interested in dealing either slugger, however, Knobler adds.

Even the newly-acquired Matt Garza could be in play for the Rangers, tweets Rosenthal.  He notes that as they aggressively seek offense, it’s not unusual for the Rangers to make creative proposals.

TUESDAY: The Rangers are willing to listen on anyone, report Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, including shortstop Elvis Andrus.  The Rangers have not have any substantive trade conversations involving Andrus, however, cautions Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.  The team is known to be aggressively seeking a bat, especially given the possibility of Nelson Cruz being suspended. Bowden says they’re focused more on outfielders than DH types.

At .250/.310/.289 in 458 plate appearances, the 24-year-old Andrus has not done much offensively this year.  In theory, the Rangers could trade him and replace him with 20-year-old rookie Jurickson Profar.  Andrus signed an eight-year, $120MM extension with the Rangers in April, which includes opt-out clauses after the 2018 and ’19 seasons as well as a 2023 vesting option that becomes a player option upon a trade.  The Cardinals would seem to be a logical fit for Andrus.

QUICK TAKE: One would think the Rangers have called the Blue Jays about Jose Bautista.  I wonder if the price could get to the point that Alex Anthopoulos would seriously consider moving him?

Would Ian Kennedy Be Intriguing To Blue Jays?

28-year-old Diamondbacks righty Ian Kennedy is having an off year, but could be a popular trade target since he’s under team control through 2015 as an arbitration eligible player.  The latest:

UPDATE: The San Diego Padres have acquired Ian Kennedy for Joe Thatcher and a minor league player.  I think this was an excellent low cost addition to the Padres rotation.

Detroit Tigers Calling Blue Jays About Relievers

The Tigers have been in contact with the Blue Jays regarding bullpen arms, tweets Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.  It was previously reported they were talking to the Giants about Javier Lopez, and the Jays have their own veteran southpaw in Darren Oliver.

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