MILWAUKEE — Did Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi learn nothing from the recent A.J. Burnett ordeal, or even from his own slip of the tongue last season about B.J. Ryan’s injury?
I give Ricciardi all the credit in the world for being one of the game’s most accessible GMs, and his willingness to speak is mind is wonderful for us scribes. But there are still times when Ricciardi would benefit from applying the ol’ filter to his thoughts. He openly aired them again on Wednesday night and he’s talked himself into some controversy once again.
This is from “Wednesday’s with J.P.” — the weekly radio call-in show Ricciardi has with Jays fans on the FAN 590 AM in Toronto. Ricciardi was asked if Toronto perhaps had interest in Reds slugger Adam Dunn, to which J.P. responded:
“Let me ask you something. What do you know about Adam Dunn?” Riccardi told the caller. “He’s a lifetime .230, .240 hitter that strikes out a ton and hits home runs. Do you know that the guy really doesn’t like baseball all that much?
“Do you know the guy doesn’t have a passion to play the game that much? How much do you know about the player? There’s a reason why you’re attracted to some players and there’s a reason why you’re not attracted to some players.
“I don’t think you’d be very happy if we brought Adam Dunn here.”
All Ricciardi had to say was something to the effect of, “No, we’re not interested in Adam Dunn. He doesn’t fit what we’re looking for” and this would’ve been another non-story. Just like if he’d never admitted the Jays lied about Ryan’s elbow injury last year during the same weekly call-in show.
Last week it was Burnett saying he’d accept a trade to the Cubs “with open arms,” instead of limiting his comments to “my loyalties rest with the Blue Jays and I’m not thinking about my future just yet.” Burnett had to deal with the aftermath of his honesty and Ricciardi’s now dealing with the same.
In Cincinnati, here’s what Dunn had to say to reporters:
“I know nothing about this clown. I have no idea who he is. I don’t really care what one guy thinks, to be honest with you. If I’m a GM, I don’t know if I would go out of my way to kind of discredit a player.
“It [ticks] me off to be honest with you. He doesn’t even know me. If he knew me, fine, say what you want. This guy doesn’t know anything about me other than what he sees on whatever SportsCenter they have up there. That’s it.”
TORONTO (35-38) at MILWAUKEE (38-33)
at 2:05 p.m. ET at Miller Park
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Matt Stairs, LF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Vernon Wells, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Gregg Zaun, C
David Eckstein, SS
A.J. Burnett, P
Craig Counsell, 2B
J.J. Hardy, SS
Ryan Braun, LF
Prince Fielder, 1B
Corey Hart, RF
Russell Branyan, 3B
Gabe Kapler, CF
Jason Kendall, C
Ben Sheets, P
NOTES: Jays RF Alex Rios was moved down to the No. 6 spot in the lineup — the lowest he’s hit in the order this season — in light of his recent struggles. Said Jays manager John Gibbons: “It’ll take a little pressure off — take a load off — and maybe get him going. He’s missing his pitch and his swing is a little long.”