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Yankees, Red Sox both interested in Scott Downs

Jul 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

AOL’s Ed Price says that the Yankees and the Red Sox have “a big time interest” in Blue Jays’ reliever Scott Downs.

And he’s definitely interesting. He has a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings, and has a K/BB ratio of 30/8.  Both the Yankees and the Red Sox could use some bullpen help, but it’s an open question as to whether the Jays would trade within the division.

Well, maybe. I think that “trade within the division” thing is used more often as a means of extracting a higher price than it is used to indicate a total unwillingness to deal. Besides, Downs is a free agent after this season, so barring some playoff race heroics, he’s not likely to stick around the AL East even if he is traded.

  1. andrewlw - Jul 19, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    This is not Roy Halladay whom they’d have to see start against them 5 times a year. There have been plenty of minor deals with The Jays helping The Yankees & Red Sox (Raul Mondesi, Eric Hisnke, Terry Adams (not sure that one helped) ect. They can have him for someone who is of better value the the draft picks he will bring in as a type A free agent.
    Given his long track record he should at least get a 2 year deal from someone despite the type A status. Worst case The jays get him on a 1 year deal next year.

  2. Md23Rewls - Jul 19, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Why would Toronto care about the division thing? Are they intent on finishing twelve games back, instead of thirteen?

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