Tag:Blue Jays
Posted on: July 30, 2009 2:19 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2009 2:21 pm

Reds want Rolen for Encarnacion, plus

The Reds have contined to talk to the Blue Jays about acquiring Scott Rolen, and Bob Elliiott of the Toronto Sun reported today that the trade has "a good chance" of getting done.

If it does, sources said that the Blue Jays will receive Edwin Encarnacion in return, in addition to one or more other players. The teams were negotiating on how much of Rolen's remaining salary (about $4 million for the rest of this year, and $11 million for 2010) the Blue Jays will pick up.

The Reds have lost eight of their last nine games, falling nine games out of first place in the National League Central and 9 1/2 games out in the wild-card race, but general manager Walt Jocketty is fond of Rolen from their time together in Cincinnati, and Jocketty is said to believe that Rolen could help the Reds' young lineup. The Reds also see the NL Central as weak.

Rolen, 34, has hit .320 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs for the Blue Jays. Encarnacion, 26, is hitting .206 with five home runs and 16 RBIs for the Reds.

Posted on: July 29, 2009 2:08 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2009 2:15 pm

Halladay still pitching today for Jays

Roy Halladay will pitch today for the Blue Jays, general manager J.P. Ricciardi said.

"Yeah, he's definitely pitching," said Ricciardi, who repeated that he is not close to trading Halladay anywhere.

The Blue Jays and Mariners play in Seattle at 4:40 EDT.

The Phillies had been widely regarded as the most likely suitor for Halladay, but today Philadelphia traded for Cleveland's Cliff Lee instead.

"If that goes through, obviously Philadelphia liked that deal better," Ricciardi said.

The Red Sox, Angels and other teams have shown interest in Halladay, but Ricciardi maintained the stance he has taken all along, which is that he doesn't plan to lower his admittedly very-high asking price.

"My gut tells me the same thing [that he won't be traded]," Ricciardi said. "We haven't been moved enough to move the player."

Posted on: July 27, 2009 5:31 pm

Would keeping Halladay even make sense for Jays?

As we all wait to see how the Roy Halladay saga ends this week, here's one more thing to keep in mind:

Even though the Blue Jays say they don't have to trade Halladay, and even though general manager J.P. Ricciardi keeps dropping hints that Halladay won't be traded, it hardly seems to make financial sense for the Jays to keep him.

Hurt by the bad economy and a weakening Canadian dollar, the Jays dropped their payroll to about $80 million (in U.S. dollars) this year. They've suggested that they don't expect it to go much higher in 2010, and that in any case they don't see supporting a $100 million payroll in the near future.

Now look at the commitments the Jays already have for 2010. Counting the $15.75 they would owe Halladay, they have $81.7 million committed to just eight players. And that includes $12 million for B.J. Ryan, who obviously won't be on the roster since the Jays have already released him.

Even if the Jays trade Rolen (as reported earlier, they've continued to talk to the Reds about him), that would only take $11.625 million off the budget (and only if the Reds picked up the entire salary).

The Jays still wouldn't have much financial flexibility, particularly since some of their current players are either free agents or will be eligible for arbitration.

Maybe the Jays really will decide to keep Halladay. Maybe they'll keep him now and shop him in the winter.

Or maybe, by Friday's non-waiver deadline, they'll just accept the best deal they can get.
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Posted on: July 27, 2009 4:25 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2009 4:59 pm

Reds, Jays still talking about Rolen

The Reds are not sellers.

Despite an 0-6 trip to Los Angeles and Chicago, the Reds have continued to talk to Toronto about acquiring third baseman Scott Rolen, and sources said the deal has a chance of happening.

The Reds are in fifth place in the National League East, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs, but club officials are said to believe that the competition isn't imposing and that their young lineup would be helped considerably by the addition of the 34-year-old Rolen. Rolen is hitting .318 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 85 games for Toronto.

Cincinnati has scored fewer runs than any NL team other than San Francisco and San Diego.

Rolen, who is signed through 2010, played for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty for 5 1/2 years in St. Louis.

The Reds have talked to teams about trading pitchers, including Bronson Arroyo, but sources said such deals would only be made if they helped the Reds this year and next.
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Posted on: July 24, 2009 4:37 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2009 4:43 pm

Phillies pushing hard for Halladay deal

Roy Halladay is pitching for the Blue Jays tonight, but scouts from the Brewers and Red Sox left Toronto this morning.

Charley Kerfeld of the Phillies stayed in town to watch.

It's becoming more and more obvious that the Phillies are fully determined to get a Halladay deal done, and also that Philadelphia has the best chance to get him. But two people involved in talks insisted this afternoon that a deal isn't yet close to being completed, and that the Dodgers still have a longshot chance.

As for the chance that the Blue Jays simply keep Halladay, one person involved said today: "It's obvious that they have to move him now."

Philadelphia has always been considered the most likely landing spot for Halladay, because of the players they could give up and also the Phils' desire to add a top starter. The Phillies have scouted Cliff Lee, Erik Bedard, Jarrod Washburn and Jason Marquis, among others, but Halladay was easily at the top of their list from the moment that Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi put him on the market.

Some people familiar with the Phillies have questioned whether club president Dave Montgomery would approve giving up the players and spending the money to get a Halladay deal done, but two sources said today that Montgomery and GM Ruben Amaro "are on the same page."

Even as the Phillies have pulled away in the National League East, their interest in Halladay hasn't waned. Phillies people are driven to try to win a second straight World Series, and they believe that adding Halladay would give them the best chance.

The Brewers have been very interested in adding a pitcher, but they've looked at both starters and relievers; they talked to the Indians about Rafael Betancourt before Betancourt was dealt to the Rockies this week. But a Halladay deal would likely have required trading either Alcides Escobar or Mat Gamel, and the Brewers have shown no willingness to trade away either of their top prospects.

The Phillies have been more open to trading their best minor leaguers, even to the point of talking about pitchers Kyle Drabek and J.A. Happ.

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Posted on: July 14, 2009 6:06 pm

Halladay: No list of acceptable teams

ST. LOUIS -- Don't bother trying to get Roy Halladay to tell you which team he'd like to be traded to, or which teams he would accept a trade to.

Besides saying that he wants to be with a team that has a chance to win, he's not going to say.

"Out of respect to Toronto, I just hate to put the cart in front," Halladay said, during a lengthy interview session in the American League clubhouse before tonight's All-Star Game.

Pressed for his opinion on various teams, Halladay simply repeated that winning is his priority. He seemed surprisingly comfortable with the questions, and even said he would be all right with not being traded by July 31, even if it meant continuing questions about a possible trade during the winter.

"I'm in a great situation in Toronto," he said. "I like it there. Because of that, it's not something you really push for. There's no bad situations."

Halladay said his All-Star teammates haven't pressed him about his future.

"Just jokingly," he said. "I've never been a person who had to be wooed. I know what I'm looking for."
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Posted on: July 12, 2009 7:54 pm

All-Star trading

ST. LOUIS -- J.P. Ricciardi isn't coming to the All-Star Game.

That's not really news, because few major-league general managers come to All-Star Games anymore. But there was a day when a GM like Ricciardi, with a player to trade like Roy Halladay, wouldn't have missed a trip to the All-Star city.

"I never missed it," said Pat Gillick. "It was a good mid-summer meeting we had."

Everything's changed now, partly because the All-Star Game is now more about marketing than about baseball, partly because communication has changed and partly because the job of GM has changed.

"In defense of today's general managers, there's a lot more days that they're working now," said Gillick, who retired as Phillies GM last October. "There's a lot more 24/7. If they can spend three days with the family, it's worth it."

Besides, even time with family (as Ricciardi will have this week) isn't time away from the job.

"The game has changed so much with cell phones and BlackBerrys," Ricciardi said.

Or, as one baseball official said this weekend, "The GMs will be back home texting each other."

One general manager told a story earlier this year of a trade conducted completely via e-mail, without a single phone call.

So no, there's no need to come to the All-Star Game, particularly since most of the other GMs won't be here, either.
Posted on: June 17, 2009 5:58 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2009 9:38 pm

Blue Jays to put Halladay, Downs on DL

PHILADELPHIA -- It's getting worse for the Blue Jays pitching staff.

The Jays said that they plan to put both top starter Roy Halladay and closer Scott Downs on the disabled list Thursday. Toronto will then have seven pitchers on the major-league DL, including three-fifths of the planned rotation.

Halladay, the major leagues' only 10-game winner, had already been scratched from his scheduled start in Philadelphia because of a groin strain. The Blue Jays had hoped he would be able to pitch Saturday, but those plans were scrapped after he tried to throw this afternoon. Halladay will be eligible to come off the DL on June 28, and the Jays hope he'll be able to return then.

"When I'm on flat ground or long-tossing, it feels good," Halladay told reporters today. "But it's different when you're going downhill. There's a little bit extra stride length, and I think that's where I felt more of the tightness. In 18-20 pitches you can tell, 'I don't quite feel 100 percent. So let's stop and be smart about it.' That's kind of what we did.''

Downs, 8 for 9 in save situations since taking over as the Blue Jays closer, sprained his left great toe while running the bases in the 10th inning Tuesday night. Manager Cito Gaston said he'll likely try Jason Frasor as closer in Downs' absence.

Gaston also repeated his dislike for the system that forces American League pitchers to bat when games are played in National League parks.

"To me, if you're going to play interleague, use the DH," Gaston said.

At one point last year, the Blue Jays had a rotation of Halladay, A.J. Burnett, Jesse Litsch, Shaun Marcum and Dustin McGowan. Now, four of those five are on the DL, and Burnett is pitching for the Yankees. The Jays also have Casey Janssen and Robert Ray on the disabled list.

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