Fox Sports reports that the Blue Jays have called the Padres to inquire about a possible trade for relief pitchers including Heath Bell.
What? The Blue Jays are 11 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East and are 9 1/2 behind the wild card Yankees. They figure to be sellers, not buyers. So I suspect that someone might be working on a three-way trade in the style of the swap that sent Ryan Ludwick to the Padres last year to bring Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.
The Cardinals have been reported in the last week or so to have contacted the Blue Jays about Toronto relievers. Maybe they couldn't find a match so the Blue Jays tried to contact San Diego to fill their cupboards with Redbirds trade bait... Just a guess.
The Blue Jays do have some pieces that intrigue me. Shortstop Yunel Escobar has a contract that will pay him $5 million guaranteed for each of the next two seasons and has two $5 million options for 2014 and 2015. He's hitting .301 with a .380 on base percentage. He's got nine homers and 18 doubles, which pretty much blows Ryan Theriot out of the water offensively. And his defense would be a quantum leap ahead.
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Escobar is 28, so he could be a valuable piece for the Cardinals for years to come.
I am SO over the whole Ryan Theriot experience. The guy is a butcher with the glove and any sign of the offensive spark he was supposed to bring is long gone. He almost never walks, he is purely a singles hitter and, while he claimed that he was going to bring a running game to St. Louis, he has four stolen bases in eight attempts this season.