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Blue Jays interested in Slowey

Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:34 pm
 

SloweyThe Blue Jays have interest in Twins' pitcher Kevin Slowey, as Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune reports.

Slowey is thought to be available in trade as he is battling Scott Baker for a spot as the Twins' No. 5 starter. The 26-year-old had a 4.45 ERA last season in 155 2/3 innings and has yet to show the durability to go 200 innings off of 32 starts.

Slowey, however, is very stingy with command and has solid strikeout numbers, so a breakout is possible but only if he can learn to limit his hits and last longer in games. Meanwhile, Baker reached 200 innings pitched in 2009 as a 27-year-old and while isn't stingy with his control to Slowey levels, has a career BB/9 of 2.1. Pair that with a 7.1 K/9, and Baker easily outdistances Slowey as the better pitcher.

The Blue Jays would be willing to part with relievers in any deal, which may not interest the Twins given they have a large portion of the payroll tied up in closers Joe Nathan and Matt Capps, but the middle- and backend of the bullpen could use some help.

Minnesota may have quite the demand for Slowey: the Athletics may be on the hunt for a starting pitcher as none of their options are making a case for the No. 5 spot. The Cardinals, of course, are trying to replace Adam Wainwright while the Yankees could also have interest. Slowey is young, cost-controllable and has shown he can hang in the majors with potential to grow. That's a valuable commodity to have, and teams in need of young pitching -- the Pirates spring to mind -- certainly will call as well.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 5:08 am
 

Blue Jays interested in Slowey

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Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Blue Jays interested in Slowey

I like Slowey and think he can be a good, very solid pitcher. Don't let his era fool you, if he could pitch alittle deeper into games, he'd be a much stronger option in Minnesota. He doesn't blow you away but he'll keep his team in games, for the first five innings at least. The problem I have with Slowey is that he had a no-hitter through seven innings, was pulled because of his pitch count, then was seen afterwards joking and playing around with the other player in the dugout- not quite the Randy Johnson/Curt Schilling sort of competiveness you want to see from a starting pitcher. You can't be a 'good guy' all the time, at least when you're on the mound facing professional hitters. I think his biggest issue/ problem is just toughening up and wanting to pitch.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:29 am
 

Blue Jays interested in Slowey

AA understands that you can never have enough pitching, so Slowey is right up there ally, maybe they feel that Drabek isn't ready yet.  Seems to be that Litsch has performed well enough for a spot, so maybe Drabek would be the odd man out.



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2011 10:25 am
 

Blue Jays interested in Slowey

Curious trade, im not sure why the Jays have interest in Slowey, unless maybe they see something in him that they can fix and make him into a better pitcher. Toronto did a good job with Morrow, maybe they can create similar results with Slowey...

Either way, im still not sure the reasoning behind the move, if it is indeed made. Toronto already has 4 quality pitchers battling for the 4-5 slots, and I dont think Slowey is better then most of those 4. Maybe Toronto could turn him into long relief, maybe package him in another trade? Either way im really surprised that Toronto would look to add a pitcher like Slowey, unless like I said, maybe AA sees something in him that can be honed and turned into a better pitcher then he currently is...


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