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.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for RedSox.gifBOSTON RED SOX (28-22)

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)

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (29-23)

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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~JB

6 Comments

Maybe a bat like Matt Holiday from the A’s. He’s starting to hit, and his salary isn’t as high as other hitters out there.

I’d love to see Nick Johnson here.

Not necassarily as a middle of the order guy though. For that I agree with rockbard, Matt Holiday could be a good fit.

Why would you want Nick Johnson, when we have Lyle Overbay? And, since Oakland just traded away a pile of talent for Holiday, you are not going to get him cheap, plus his salary is over $10mil. Rios and a prospect? David Purcey and another pitcher? I think not. Plus, I think the Jays are looking for short term help, not long term salary commitments.
As the deadline nears, you should be looking for a good bat with good numbers against the AL East, that is approaching free agency. Of course, the club that owns him has to want something that you are willing to give up in return. Then you have to convince management to pony up another $5mil or so, on the chance that you can make the playoffs.

My preference would be for a CC Sabathia or David Cone type deal. A solid #1 starter that could slide in behind Halliday and get you 10 wins out of the last 80 games. In a playoff series, you run a 4 man rotation, and your #1-2 guys pitch twice, so I would like our chances a lot.

hey yerouttaheah, an AJ burnett type? I think lyle overrated should go, along with VW, completely unlikely I know but a dream.

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