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Thursday Bantering: Blue Jays Rumors

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There are Blue Jays rumors a plenty today.

First, not a rumor, there will be a press conference at 2:00 Eastern introducing new Blue Jay Russell Martin. It will be on Sportsnet 1 and Sportsnet.ca and we'll have an open thread to for it.

Jon Heyman tells us that Dioner Navarro has asked for a trade, or, at least, 'expressed interest in a trade'. I can understand that, I would imagine that he would rather be a catcher than a DH, especially since he'll be looking for another contract after this season. Jon says that three teams have expressed interest in Navarro.

Ken Rosenthal tweets this:

I'd still rather we leave Lawrie at third and go with a second baseman.

Depending on who you believe, the Blue Jays may be preparing offers for Jon Lester, Pablo Sandoval and Andrew Miller. Many people seem to think the Jays are willing to go beyond the 5-year for either Lester or Sandoval. Personally, I get the feeling that they would like to keep one of those guys away from teh Red Sox, but it is likely just the play I'm reading things. I'm likely projecting my own dislike of the Red Sox on to the Jays' front official.

And, a rumor just at the wire:

Put me down on the 'please no' side on that one. A 39 year old, who put up a 0.3 WAR last year and who had a -20.1 UZR/150 in RF?