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Multiple teams looking to acquire Scott Downs

Jul 25, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the competition to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs has become "fierce" between the Red Sox and Yankees. The Mets, Reds, Twins and Rockies have also expressed interest...

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the competition to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs has become “fierce” between the Red Sox and Yankees. 

The Mets, Reds and Twins have also expressed interest and the Rockies have been linked loosely.

Downs, a southpaw, has posted an excellent 2.45 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 40.1 innings for the Jays this season.  He’s held left-handed hitters to a .189 batting average and righties haven’t fared much better. 

There isn’t a team in baseball that would pass on an opportunity to add a quality bullpen arm and the competition between the clubs involved will only help the Jays in the end.  They’re on the search for young, affordable talent and have also made closer Kevin Gregg and setup man Jason Frasor available to interested teams.

  1. Buccofan - Jul 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    The Reds’ most recent moves to bolster their sometimes-not-so-great bullpen have been to demote Micah Owings, promote Carlos fisher, and, in two real blockbuster moves, sign to minor league deals two of Walt Jocketty’s old St. Louis pals, Russ Springer and Jason Isringhausen(!).
    Yeah, that should do it. No need to trade for a proven setup guy like Downs.

  2. Proudly Canadian - Jul 25, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    The Jays do not want Joba in return for Downs. They want someone with more upside potential.

  3. Proudly Canadian - Jul 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Downs came into a tied game today with 1 out and runners on the corners. He did not allow a run and ended up with the win. Greg got the save. Downs would require a prized prospect in return. The Jays would probaby replace him as the lefty setup man with David Purcey.

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