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Blue Jays gearing up for run at Zack Greinke?

Dec 4, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

Kansas City's Greinke throws a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

That’s what the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott believes, and while he doesn’t have any particulars on what’s being discussed, he sees a package led by Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider potentially getting a deal done.

Which sounds like a very legitimate offer. Drabek was the biggest of the three pieces the Jays got back from the Phillies for Roy Halladay last season. Doug’s son went 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA in Double-A last season, and though he lost all three of September starts in his major league debut, he hardly embarrassed himself by posting a 4.76 ERA. He has No. 2-starter upside.

Snider has yet to really put it together in the majors, but his .255/.318/.446 line in 612 at-bats isn’t too shabby for a guy who isn’t even 23 yet. He’s still well on his way to becoming a 30-homer guy, and he’s proved solid enough defensively in left field for a guy who was pegged by some as a future DH coming out of high school.

Ideally, the Jays wouldn’t have to part with both and could instead trade one of the two along with perhaps two from the group of left-hander Brett Cecil, catcher J.P. Arencibia and outfielder Anthony Gose. Greinke, though, will fetch a bigger return than Adrian Gonzalez did, mostly because he’s under control for two more years. If the Jays are serious about bringing him in, they’ll probably have to use both of their biggest chips.

  1. sportsdrenched - Dec 4, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    If the Jays are offering both? Do it.

    • JBerardi - Dec 5, 2010 at 12:37 AM

      I’m extremely wary of any prospect that gets traded twice in two years. Call it the Andy Marte principle.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 5, 2010 at 9:05 AM

        He has also gone under the knife already. It appears the Jays may expect an arm to fall off in someones near future?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2010 at 10:18 AM

        Please refer to my later observation about Elliott. He is usually full of BS. The Jays were rather pleased with Drabek’s progress last year. They want to build around young talent. The pitcher they are most likely to trade is Marcum who is an elderly 27. If you want to make a case for Marcum, he is from the KC area and had a better year than Greinke last season.

  2. henryd3rd - Dec 5, 2010 at 2:49 AM

    Who cares about Toronto anyway? They haven’t been relevant in years and they will continue to be also rans in the AL East. Their fan base never recovered from the strike; hence their inability to compete financially with the beasts of the east, Yanks and Sox.

    • deckham - Dec 5, 2010 at 9:52 AM

      You obviously no nothing about the Blue Jays or baseball in general. We have made tremendous strides and are looking to compete for a playoff spot either this coming year or the next. AA has got the Jays back into contention and should be taken very seriously. We’d be winning any division in baseball if we were placed outside of the AL East.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Elliott is notorious as one of those reporters who makes things up. I give no credence to his speculation. The Jays may want Greinke, but they will not trade Snider. He is the type of player they want to build the team around.

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