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Blue Jays inquire on Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Antonio Bastardo

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Brian Garfinkel

Bob Elliott, in the Toronto Sun, tells us that the Jays inquired about Phillies Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Antonio Bastardo.

What Elliott doesn't do is give us a time frame when this happened. He doesn't say that this happened in the last couple of weeks, or if it happened mid-season. He goes on to say that Hamels and Utley have no trade clauses that would make it hard for the Jays to pick them up.

Bastardo is a lefty reliever and it is really right-handers that we need for the pen, but then, last year he was as good against RHB (.195/.291/.309) as LHB (.175/.302/.338).  I like pitchers that strikeout a lot of batters, Bastardo struck out 11.4/9 innings. the bad side is he walked 4.8/9 innings.

Chase Utley is 36, and gets paid more than I'd like to pay. He would be an improvement on Ryan Goins at second base, but since he has a no trade clause, I don't see it happening. Hamels would be great and all but he's making $90 million over the next 4 years.