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Rumor Mill: Blue Jays want to trade for a starter

Reports out of Canada indicate that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in making a trade for a starting pitcher.

While the article on the Sportsnet Canada website mentioned the possibility of making a swap with the Chicago Cubs for starter Jeff Samardzija, the St. Louis Cardinals could be a match because of their surplus of young hurlers.

Toronto has a shortstop to fill the Redbirds' need in the middle of their infield. The Blue Jays landed Jose Reyes from the Miama Marlins in a blockbuster trade last year. But, unfortunately, that trade included the ridiculous contract the Marlins gave the infielder during their ill-fated 2011-12 off-season spending spree.

Reyes gets $86 million over the next five years including $16 million in 2014, $22 million a year for the next three years and a $4 million buyout if an option for another season at $22 million isn't picked up.

Any deal between the Cardinals and Jays that included Reyes would likely have to include some salary relief, too. I'm not sure that's an option for Toronto or if the club is even interested in dealing Reyes.

If the Blue Jays would make a swap including the 30-year-old infielder, I'm not sure he's the guy the Redbirds are seeking to replace Pete Kozma at shortstop.

Reyes hit .296 last year. But his stolen base total dropped to 15, a quarter of the number of bags he swiped during his glory days in 2005. Of course, a major reason for the diminished stolen base totals is the fact that Reyes was only healthy enough to play 97 games. But that's not exactly a good selling point for a trade.

I'd like to see the Cardinals add some speed to their roster. But it appears Reyes isn't an elite speedster anymore. He's basically an older, more expensive Elvis Andrus at this point of his career. And Andrus has a much better glove.

He has triples 16 or more times in a season four times in his career, the most recent time was 2011. He hit 12 three-baggers in 2013 and NONE last season.