We keep hearing that the Jays are interested in Dee Gordon, who would make sense for this season (though I don’t see that adding Dee could get us to the playoffs), but doesn’t seem to make sense for the future, unless the team doesn’t think Devon Travis will ever be able to play a full season.
I guess the Jays could move Travis to the outfield.
Gordon is hitting .295/.342/.418 this year, and has 32 steals. He’s 29 now, and is owed $38 million for 2018 to 2020. That’s way too much money for the production he’s likely to give. But, if the team were to take the contract, the Marlins won’t be asking for much.
And Ken Rosenthal tweets that it is ‘unlikely’ the Jays would trade J.A. Happ. He says the Brewers have been asking. I would guess that it is unlikely unless someone offers the Jays something good, then the needle will shift over to likely.
There were other reports saying the Jays were willing to listen on Marco Estrada, Francisco Liriano, Joe Smith and J.P. Howell. I can’t imagine anyone would offer much for Howell. Estrada’s trade value has dropped in the last month or so. And teams will be watching how Liriano recovers from neck spasms. It seems to me that Smith is about the only one that could get us much in return.
And no real surprises in today’s lineup: