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Blue Jays aim for Angels’ Howie Kendrick

Jul 31, 2013, 12:36 PM EST

Howie Kendrick AP

2:32 p.m. EDT update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal hears that the Angels are likely to keep Kendrick since they haven’t been offered the kind of starting pitcher they want.

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Residing in last place with a 49-57 record in the AL East, the Blue Jays aren’t looking for any rentals at the trade deadline. However, they do have their eyes on the Angels’ Howie Kendrick, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.cn.

Kendrick could fill the hole at second base that’s been a problem for Toronto this year. The Blue Jays recently tried Brett Lawrie there, only to quickly move him back to third. The 30-year-old Kendrick has hit .301/.344/.446 with 11 homers and 45 RBI in 395 at-bats for the Angels. He’s under control through 2015 and is owed about $22 million over the next 2 1/3 seasons, but he became a bit more expendable last night with the pickup of Grant Green in the Alberto Callaspo deal with Oakland.

In return for Kendrick, the Angels would certainly prefer young, cost-controlled starting pitching. The Jays don’t have a lot to offer, though, not with Brandon Morrow hurt yet again. Chad Jenkins, their most major league-ready pitcher in Triple-A, is also on the DL. They do have intriguing arms further away, but those might not be so tempting to an Angels team that will aim to contend in 2014. Infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio would make sense as a lesser part in a deal, but not as the prime piece.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Here’s a thought: Ricky Romero.

    Yes, I know he’s a complete mess in the minors right now. But maybe a change of scenery would do him wonders. Can’t hurt to try, right?

    • Bryz - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      You can’t trade a wrecked player for a solid regular. That’s not how baseball works.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    If Toronto trades ANOTHER prospect(s) then Anthropolous needs to be shown the door.

    Seems like every deal he’s made has backfired.

    Good luck Blue Jay fans.

  3. dondada10 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Come get you some Daniel Murphy, Toronto.

  4. tc4306 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Angels need a closer.
    Would Delabar or Janssen plus Bonifacio get it done?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      Janssen plus Bonifacio or Izturis would make sense for the Jays. Janssen loves Toronto, but at heart is still a southern California boy. I think that the Jays would prefer to keep Delabar. The Jays do have a surplus of relief pitchers and Sergio Santos is close to returning from the DL.

      • Shayna - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Shhhhh! Don’t you dare mention Santos. I’ve been enjoying his absence. He seems to be the Brandon Morrow of closers–gets healthy long enough to play a game or two and show you he’s still got his stuff, then disappears into the DL for another half-season or longer. Don’t mess with His Janssenness.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        The Jays could afford to trade 2 relief pitchers. Down in Buffalo, they still have Neil Wagner who pitched very well in his stunt in Toronto. They also have a hard throwing prospect named John Stilson who between NH and Buffalo has an ERA of 2.03. Stilson looks like the closer of the future.

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