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Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:20 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 2:50 pm
 
Shaun Marcum Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman tweeted that the Blue Jays may be a source of pitching-rich depth as the trade deadline approaches.

Heyman specifically names Jason Frasor, Scott Downs and Shaun Marcum (pictured) as pitchers that can be traded, although Ricky Romero is in the "untouchable" camp.

Toronto is likely grappling with the decision on whether to buy or sell.

The Blue Jays are currently fourth in the highly-competitive AL East with an impressive 38-33 record that places them six games behind the Yankees for first place. With the Rays and Red Sox nipping at the Yankees and all three teams boasting baseball's best records, it's hard to imagine Toronto has a realistic shot at the playoffs.

However, this season certainly has to be considered a success so far. It's not often one trades the best pitcher in the game (Roy Halladay) and improves. In addition, public relations has to be taken into account: with the team's success, how would it look if Toronto started selling off parts?

Frasor, 32, currently has a 5.40 ERA in 28 1/3 innings, but ERA has to be taken with a grain of salt with relievers as their innings total is so low. He is striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings, which is a career-high although he is also giving up 5.1 walks per nine, which would be the second-worst mark of his career. He's still one of the game's better middle relievers who has experience closing.

Given his poor performance to date, Toronto could probably justify dealing him, especially if they replace Frasor with Josh Roenicke, dominating Triple-A and having been acquired in last season's Scott Rolen trade.

Downs is older than Frasor at age 34, but is having a better season and continuing a four-year streak of being one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. The lefty has a 3.34 ERA in 29 2/3 innings and would most likely bring back a better piece than Frasor. Journeyman left-hander Sean Henn  has a sub-2 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas, so there is a ready-made replacement for Downs, but it's possible Henn has mastered Triple-A but not the majors. Additionally, even with strong replacements available in the minor leagues, to trade the team's two best relievers doesn't exactly send a positive signal to the fanbase.

The last pitcher named a possibility to be traded, Marcum, has made 15 starts on the year for an impressive 3.24 ERA. He was one of the league's burgeoning young pitchers before going under the knife and missing all of 2009. He hasn't missed a beat in his return and while the Jays are flush with plenty of starting pitching, it would be especially tough to justify to the fan base the dealing of Marcum. It's simply not likely to happen, especially when the team can slot Marcum in the rotation for at least two more years.

The Blue Jays are caught in no-man's land between having a season that dictates not rebuilding, but being in a division and with a team that isn't likely to have long-term success. The club has quite a tough road to navigate between now and the trading deadline.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:49 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

BS! Who are this guys sources!  Its just a typical journo trying to make up a story with nothing to back it up except his wishful thinking.  He is probably a fan of Boston or New York, whose fans think that the rest of the MLBs roster is on their shopping list.



Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

They shouldn't trade anybody unless they feel they are unable to re-sign them. They appear to be building a team in the same method as Anaheim and Oakland has in the past with great pitching.



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

Jays have a massive hole at 3B. Maybe they should try to acquire Scott Rolen? He's having a great year in Cincinnati and appears to be just what they need. Oh wait...

Anyways, now that JP is gone, I feel a little more comfortable that if they did trade some quality players they might not get complete turds (Encarnacion) in exchange.

Ship Frasor and Downs now if you can get something for them. Frasor is very replaceable. Downs has been solid for a few years now, but he's got 5 losses this year and has had a few too many choke moments. I would be REALLY hesitant to trade Marcum unless they got a proven hitter that would be with them for a few years.



Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:33 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

This week will be the tell-tale for the Jays.  If they are dominted by the Cardinals, then I believe we will see some trades made.  I they have a good showing going into the weekend, then who knows!  The East is way too good this year, 4 teams with winning records, that is very impressive.  Toronto has some good young talent and they put on a show for the fans, keep this group together I say, and add a part or two to put it over the top.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

I think they're a bit of  both, I'd hope they wouldn't trade Marcum or any of the starters right now, middle road older releivers get what you can for them and continue to piece this team together.  Hopefully they can finish around the 88 win mark this year which would be a great accomplishment and then make a push next year for a playoff date.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

Whoops!  Typo.

*Shaun Marcum



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

Agreed.  Moving Marcum would be a mistake. 

Go ahead and move Frasor or Downs.  See what you can get for 'em.
They'd certainly be missed, but either one would be much easier to replace than Shawn Marcum.



Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2010 2:45 pm
 

Are Blue Jays buyers or sellers?

The Jays would be absolutely foolish to trade Shawn Marcum. They have a foundation to build around, don't panic and trade your franchise cornerstones now.


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