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Blue Jays inquire about Greinke, Gordon: Toronto Sun

Well, this is interesting.  According to Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun, the Jays have inquired about Royals superstar pitcher Zach Greinke and former first overall pick Alex Gordon.

The Blue Jays have inquired about the availability of Kansas City right-hander Zack Greinke.

With Cliff Lee the top free agent on the market, Greinke would
appeal to also-rans in the Lee sweepstakes such as the Texas Rangers,
Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

The Royals are looking for two “can’t-miss prospects” as a starting
point in talks on the 2009 American League Cy Young award winner.

Grienke, 26, was 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 starts this season and will make $13 million US next year.

The Jays have also discussed obtaining Alex Gordon, a former No. 1
draft pick. Gordon started as the Royals third baseman before being
demoted to triple-A Omaha in May to play the outfield. A left-handed
hitter, Gordon batted .215 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in 74 games
with the Royals. He hit .315 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 68 games
at Omaha.

Although, I love the idea of the Jays acquiring Greinke, I think it’s important not to jump on this.  The Royals want at least two front-line prospects for Greinke which means the Jays would likely have to part with Kyle Drabek who would be under control of the Jays until at least 2016.  Greinke, on the other hand, is owed $27-million over the next two years and then is a free agent.  I also find it hard to believe that the Royals would part with Greinke at any point this offseason.  If he’s traded, it will likely be some point during the season or next offseason, depending on how the Royals play this year.  Since the Jays probably won’t realistically be contenders in the next two years, i feel like it would be a bad move, unless Alex Anthopoulous plans to acquire him and then flip him before the deadline if the Jays aren’t contending.

Now Alex Gordon is a different story.  Gordon is a former 1st overall pick who has not panned out, but he has shown flashes of brilliance at times.  Alex Anthopolous could probably wrestle him out of KC for very little.  I have a feeling Gordon could be a very good defensive first-basemen and I believe that’s where he’d play if the Jays got him.  I don’t know what evidence I have to go on, but I really think Gordon is a prime late-bloomer candidate who could do well from a change of scenery.

Looks like the day is finally here

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The day
every Jays fan has been quietly dreading for a couple years now is finally
here.  With the news that Roy Halladay
has agreed to a contract extension with the Philadelphia Phillies, the trade
for the ace of aces looks to be final. 
The best pitcher to ever don a Blue Jays uniform will be displaying his
wares for another team, another city, halladay-757029.jpganother country.

 

This should
be, without a doubt, a day of mourning for all Jays fans, but fear not my
beleaguered comrades; the future is still bright.  And Halladay deserves the chance to pitch for
a winner; he’s earned that much.  Let’s
face it: The Jays won’t be contending any time in the near future and Harry
Leroy Halladay should not waste any more of his prime years pitching for a mediocre
team.  The Phillies will be a World
Series contender again in 2010 and on behalf of Jays Nation, I’d like to wish
him good luck in getting that coveted ring. 

 

Rookie GM
Alex Anthopoulos appears to have made a deal that ensures the Jays will bounce
back.  The Phillies ship their own ace,
Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for a package of prospects that gives them
both the financial flexibility and the replenished farm system necessary to
make the trade for Halladay.

 

So here are
the unconfirmed details as of right now:

 

To Philadelphia:

To Toronto:

RHP Roy Halladay

$6-million cash

RHP Kyle Drabek

OF Michael Taylor

C Travis d’Arnaud

 

To Seattle:

To Philadelphia:

LHP Cliff Lee

RHP Phillippe Aumont

OF Tyson Gillies

RHP Juan Carlos Ramirez

 

On top of
that, I’m being told as I write this article that the Jays may turn around and
send Taylor to the A’s for corner infielder prospect Brett Wallace.  Wallace, a former first-round pick of the
Cardinals, was acquired by the A’s in July in the Matt Holliday deal.  Confused yet? 
Me too.

 

drabek.jpg

The blue
chipper the Jays get in this deal is without a doubt, Drabek.  Son of 13-year Major League veteran Doug
Drabek, Kyle was regarded as the top pitching prospect in the Phillies
system.  He was drafted in 2006, 18th
overall and has tremendous stuff.  There
are some concerns with his arm, but he appears to have fully recovered from the
Tommy John surgery he had last year and by all accounts appears to be better
than before he went under the knife.  He
was also arrested in 2005 for public intoxication.  The charges were later dropped, but some
question his maturity.  I, personally,
don’t put much stock in things like that; he was 19 at the time.  We all do stupid things at that age.

 

Drabek
consistently throws between 92-94 mph with his fastball which has great tailing
action and can reach back and hit 97 when he needs to.  His mid-80’s slider has tremendous bite and
he has a curveball that rivals anyone’s in baseball.  He’s also working on a changeup but needs to
maintain his arm-speed for it to be a truly effective pitch; he did make
strides with it toward the end of last year. 
Drabek was a shortstop in high school and is a plus athlete.  He also seems to be developing a strong work
ethic; something that could separate him from his contemporaries.

 

arnaud.jpgTravis d’Arnaud
was a sandwich first-rounder in 2007 and is projected by many to be a starting
catcher in the future.  The Jays have
lost some faith in J.P. Arencibia and Brian Jeroloman, their two “catchers of
the future” so d’Arneau will serve as a motivator and could fuel a
position-switch for Arencibia.  Scouts
say he could develop 20 HR-power if he cuts down on swinging at bad pitches and
is above-average defensively.

 

If the Jays
retain Taylor, they will have one of the most physically imposing prospects outwk6_MichaelTaylor.jpg

there.  At 6’6″ and 250 pounds, Taylor will
likely put up monster power numbers and has a .312 career average in the
minors.  His size would suggest a long
swing and a high number of strikeouts and his defense leaves something to be
desired, but the bat would be a big plus.

 

brett-wallace.jpgIf the Jays
are indeed planning to send Taylor to the A’s for Brett Wallace, I think that
could end up being the most important part of this deal.  Wallace has tremendous upside with the bat,
but struggles defensively wherever he plays. 
He’s currently a third-baseman, but will likely end up at first.  At 6’1″ and 245 pounds, Wallace may battle
weight problems in his career and some say that could lead to a lot of knee and
back issues.

 

Overall I
believe Anthopoulos did a nice job in this trade and hopefully it will be one
of a few moves that will turn the franchise around in the next couple of years.

 

As for
Halladay; it was a pleasure watching him pitch for the last 12 years.  In my opinion there’s no better pitcher in
baseball, and he’s definitely the best pitcher to ever play in Toronto.  I will always be a Jays fan, but I might find
myself cheering on the Phillies quite a bit in the next few years.  Thanks Roy.