TORONTO — I’m hunkered down here at the Bastian residence, monitoring news via various Web sites and making calls today to see what’s up as the Trade Deadline nears. There have been a couple interesting developments as we’ve approached the 4 p.m. ET deadline.
ESPN is reporting that the Blue Jays have inquired about outfielders Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez. Toronto is 6.5 games out of the Wild Card, putting them in that spot between being out of it and really being in contention. So, if they could add another bat to what’s been a dismal offense, they might just do it.
The only issue with Bay is what the Pirates might want in return. If Pittsburgh wants a three- or four-prospect package, including Travis Snider, my bet would be that the Jays balk. Now, Toronto might be willing to move Adam Lind while his stock is high, especially with Snider waiting in the wings — just speculating here.
I don’t really have a gut feeling about what Toronto will do with less than two hours to go before the deadline. Players such as David Eckstein, Gregg Zaun and John McDonald, or a few relievers, could be dealt, but they just might as easily stick around (at least for now — there’s always August).
We’ll be talking to Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi later this evening to discuss what did or didn’t happen on the trade front, and also to hopefully find out how Dustin McGowan’s right shoulder surgery went. Stay tuned for more…
UPDATE — 2:55: The Blue Jays interest in Pirates outfielder Jason Bay reportedly ended with precisely one phone call. Pittsburgh apparently asked for Toronto starter Shaun Marcum and top outfield prospect Travis Snider for starters, leading the Jays to move on.
UPDATE — 3:15: Talks between the Jays and Mariners about Raul Ibanez are reportedly ongoing, though no other names involved in the deal have been made public. Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is reporting that the Marlins have inquired about Matt Stairs. No word about catcher Gregg Zaun, who has been tied to Florida in previous reports.
UPDATE — 3:53: Seven minutes to go and apparently the M’s had second thoughts about parting with Ibanez. ESPN is reporting that it would’ve been a 2-for-1 swap with the Jays, involving all Major League players. Interesting. It’s looking like the Jays will be standing pat after all. Stay tuned…
UPDATE — 4:45: Blue Jays stand pat. Disgruntled Gregg Zaun stays put, as does A.J. Burnett. And it’s sounding like Manny is going to be Manny under Joe Torre in L.A. Bay goes to Boston and the Pirates get four minor leaguers in the three-team blockbuster. Also, good news for Jays starter Dustin McGowan. He had successful surgery on his right shoulder, but did not need work on his rotator cuff. He can begin a throwing program in roughly four months. This is good news.