Game 53: Boston at Toronto pregame
Chatted some with Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi this morning and covered a few different topics. One being the July 31 trade deadline. While that’s still two months down the road, Ricciardi did say that he’d “owe it to the players” to pursue help at the deadline if the club was still performing this well.
What would Ricciardi go after? He said he feels pitching hasn’t been an issue up to this point, so he’d be more inclined to go after “another thumper” for the middle of the lineup. Obviously, it would depend on who is available and how much ownership would be willing to expand the payroll to bring somebody in.
Also asked him about recent commens from Andy MacPhail, the Orioles president of baseball operations. MacPhail was quoted as saying something to the effect of Baltimore wanting to avoid having what happened with Travis Snider with O’s catching prospect Matt Wieters (Snider made the club on Opening Day, but was recently demoted due to struggles).
In hindsight, Ricciardi said there are no regrets about bringing Snider north with the Jays.
“No, we took the best team we wanted to in April and Travis had a great Spring Training and deserved to be on the team. This is part of his development. There’s no predictor that every guy is going to come here and stay here.”
So, how long will Snider be at Triple-A?
“It’s all about development. It’s all about him adjusting to some of the things he wasn’t doing up here and getting regular at-bats. We weren’t giving him regular at-bats. He wasn’t playing against lefties — it was more of a platoon situation. He’s a young kid. He shouldn’t be in that spot. He should play and that’s what we want him to do.”
More on both topics later on bluejays.com.
1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. David Ortiz, DH
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
9. Nick Green, SS
Starter: LHP Jon Lester (3-5)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Kevin Millar, 1B
8. Rod Barajas, C
9. Jose Bautista, LF
Starter: LHP Ricky Romero (2-1)
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