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Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:10 pm

RiveraWhen the Blue Jays pulled off the trade of the year in dumping Vernon Wells' contract, they received two players in return in Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera.

Napoli was dealt days later to the Rangers for Frank Francisco, who will likely be Toronto's closer. The other, Rivera, has been considered the likely starter in left field.

Except the Jays may be dumping Rivera as well, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. There aren't any concrete trade rumors, but the Jays are hoping to deal Rivera and his $5.25 million contract, sources say.

Moving Rivera would allow the Jays to slot Travis Snider in left instead of right, where he belongs. That would open up right field for Jose Bautista to remain if the Jays were able to acquire a third baseman. There aren't any feasible choices left in on the market for third base, but there are some decent outfielders left, led by Scott Podsednik. Scotty Po could man center, pushing Rajai Davis to right and give the Jays a more viable leadoff man than Davis represents.

Rosenthal adds that it's unlikely Rivera would be dealt before spring training, as teams need to see how their rosters develop.

Anyone else think it would be high comedy if the Jays dealt Rivera and another player to Texas for Michael Young?

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:24 pm

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

The Jays, although having a huge deep pocket with the ownership, are one of the cheapest franchises in baseball. They won't pay for Young even if they could get him for peanuts. Now send over 3 "prospects" and the fan-base will go wild about their secret plan to stockpile "potential" and sneak up on the AL East in 2013.

They need to trade Rivera for whatever they can get. If worse comes to worse, just send him back to Anaheim free of charge and toss in Edwin Encarnacion for their troubles.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:43 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Michael Young is way too expensive to figure into the Jays plans.  The team has willingness to spend money on impact players, but not those in the twilight of their careers.  Observer2008, I don't know what Juan Rivera you're thinking of, but the OF who played for the Angels is a poor defensive player.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:33 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

look, i would love to see m young in a jays uniform but they won't give up the cake or the personel! one move that might make sense would be to shift aaron hill to third and have young play second. even in a platoon situation adding youngs name in the line up BAM! I like it better than anybody's.  tHE JAYS WITH SOME SOLID STARTING PITCHING...? could reach the 95 win plateau and a birth....WC.
We need a big bat in the order and young could be the guy ...hope Alex gets us one if not young than atleast someone of his stature.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:17 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Micheal Young? Not likely.  I see a club moving in the right direction.  Young is not so young these days and comes with a big hit to the salary.  I just don't see the Jays dumping a guy like Vernon to clear up some space just to land another big contract with Young.  They seem to be to intrested in the youth movement.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:34 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

It might be of benefit to the Jays to keep Rivera on board, given the inconsistencies of Lind and Snider in the outfield.  Rivera should play solid defense and hit 15 and 70 if he plays regularly.  But if they only see him as a fourth outfielder who would get 250 at bats, perhaps close to $6 M is a bit more money than they have in mind. 

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:32 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

This is nice to speculate on, but that's all we can do.  Lot's of things have to happen (not least that MY would have to waive his no-trade condition).  And as has been pointed out, how does Rivera help the Rangers?  I can see a pitching prospect go in the deal but what else?  Bautista is not going to be traded until the Jays have a better idea of his value - probably around the deadline, if at all.  Also, Texas would have to eat a fair percentage of Young's salary...AA have shown himself to be very savvy concerning payroll.  Young would be a nice fit at the moment but I can't see this happening.  Where has it been said that Lawrie will be a 3B anyway?  I personally think he will be headed to LF.  He is a defensive liability anywhere in the infield. 

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:25 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Actually when you think about it... Rivera (and likely a prospect) for Young isn't that far fetched. I know that Young still has a lot more value left than Rivera, but you can never underestimate the power of the almight dollar. Rivera is owed 5.25 million for next year. That's it. Sure he'd likely be the fourth outfielder in Texas, but there is the same benefit to the Rangers as there was to the Blue Jays in dumping contract. Young is owed 48 million over 3 years, and despite his superior play, is probably a bigger hindrance over 3 years (ages 34-37) at that contract, than Rivera would be for one year. Here's a legit proposal: Michael Young and 5 million (no way Texas pays more than Toronto did) for Juan Rivera and someone like Deck Mcguire. I don't think AA would give up Mcguire, but he might give up a solid pitching prospect in order to get some cash relief in acquiring a guy like Michael Young.

I don't actually think this trade goes down mostly because I think AA has 3rd reserved for Brett Lawrie, and won't want to block that position for 3 years. All I'm saying is it's not as far fetched as some people think... that's all. As good as Michael Young still is, what are teams going to offer Texas to pick up that contract? Mcguire and Rivera might not be that bad after all...

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:14 am

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Texas doesnt need an OF. Im glad that trade helps your Blue Jays but it doesnt quite work like that.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:31 pm

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Juan Rivera, Brett Lawrie, and Deck Mcguire for Michael Young.  Do it!!!  NOW!!!

Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:15 pm

Report: Jays would like to move Rivera

Not unless Texas covered a lot of the salary.  Michael Young makes a lot more $ than Juan Rivera & is a below average defender at this point.  I don't see a fit. 

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