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The Blue Jays are showing “strong interest” in Justin Upton

Nov 18, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

Justin Upton

There’s not much more to this than that statement itself, which Ken Rosenthal passed along a few minutes ago.  It’s kind of hard to analyze such a rumor in the manner we normally do, however, because (a) all teams should have a strong interest in Upton, so Toronto’s would not be surprising; and (b) Justin Upton is so good that the usual “where would he fit” analysis is rather silly. He fits anywhere, and if he doesn’t, you make room.

The Jays have a lot of pitching, but they’ve learned more than anyone else in recent years that you can never have too much pitching given that, you know, pitchers get hurt.

Beyond that, Upton in Toronto would be more intriguing than Upton in a lot of places, because he truly could help turn the AL East into a four-team cluster if he joined the Jays.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Most teams should think long & hard about putting together a package for a player with Upton’s talent and reasonable price tag. How often does a team send a package of prospects in a trade and come back to regret it? Rarely. Yes, everyone likes to cite Smoltz for Alexander or Bagwell for Anderson, but these instances are rare. When the Mariners traded Griffey, they got back a “haul” of non-Hall of Famers. Quality players, sure, but all replaceable. Sure the Marlins got Hanley Ramirez from the Bosox as part of the Beckett trade but that turned out to be a win-win trade despite Beckett’s recent injury issues. Bottom line, taking a chance on a player lke Upton with significant potential and something of a track record makes sense even if you have to part with some highly though of prospects especially when compared to moving the same type of prospects for 2 month rentals.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    I have trouble believing this. Since A. A. became GM of the Jays, most rumours of Toronto’s interest in a player have turned out to be false. With one exception, the moves he has made were not leaked in advance. The only trade that he made that was anticipated was his trade of Halladay. He had no option in that case. He had to trade Doc and the Phillies were the team that Doc wanted to join.

    On the other hand, it is nice to see the nice amount of rumours about the Jays. It means that the US media and baseball executives are taking a serious look at the Jays.

  3. aschwartz2011 - Nov 18, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Shields and Matt Joyce to bring Upton 2.0 out to play in the Trop with his brother.

    This would clear some cap space so we could bring back more of the BP guys and it would create a sick outfield with Jennings in left, BJ in center, and JU in right.

    Losing Shields would hurt but he is likely gone after this year if he puts up good numbers.

    • smcalear - Nov 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM

      I don’t think Shields and Joyce would do it. I think Hellickson would have to be involved for the D-Backs to even entertain the thought.

      This isn’t Byrnes or DiPoto running the show anymore….no more ‘Free All Star Giveaway Days’.

      • aschwartz2011 - Nov 18, 2010 at 2:17 PM

        I don’t think Hellickson would be needed. If anything it might be Shields and Jennings which I still might be OK with.

  4. BC - Nov 18, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Why is Arizona trying to deal him in the first place? I don’t get it!

    • dodger88 - Nov 18, 2010 at 2:57 PM

      There has been some talk that the new guys in charge want to do away with what the previous regime did (i.e. sign Upton) and/or see if anyone is prepared to overpay for Upton. From the Dbalcs perspective, I don’t see this as a wise move; per my previous statement I can’t see any package turning out good enough to make up for moving a young, talented and reasonably priced player.

  5. marinermousse - Nov 18, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    I can see Kyle Drabek and Rajai Davis crossing (perhaps with a decent prospect and a rookie prospect) for Upton with both teams finding that a win.

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