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The Blue Jays are targeting Angels catchers Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger

Oct 21, 2013, 9:31 AM EST

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The Blue Jays once traded for Angels catcher Mike Napoli. Then four days later they got rid of him. Maybe seeing Napoli help two teams to the World Series since then has them trying for a do-over. Here’s Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun:

Yes, the Blue Jays need starting pitching. Yet, that’s not the only area they are searching to improve on for next season. The Jays also are attempting to acquire a catcher from the Los Angeles Angels. Toronto has targeted either Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger, according to those familiar with the Jays’ plans.

I imagine current Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia would be interested to learn this. But it’s also possible that the news would blow right by him and hit the backstop once it came his way.

  1. elwaysagenius - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Or J.P. Would swing and miss at the news… Point being he sucks

  2. missthemexpos - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I thought the Blue Jays set some sort of MLB record last off-season when they were going through catchers more often than than J.P. Arencibia swings at a breaking ball bouncing several feet in front of home plate.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I have no idea of how accurate this story is as the Jays leak nothing. On the other hand, Bob Elliott has developed contacts with other teams and is rather diligent. Arencibia’s play certainly regressed last season. He was possibly concentrating a lot on his love life as he got engaged to a country singer named Kimberly Perry, right after the season ended.

  4. Kevin S. - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    The Blue Jays also acquired Jeff Mathis from the Angels. Going further back, they also signed Bengie Molina away from Anaheim, and Jose Molina made his way north of the border after a detour through Gotham. Weird.

    • jarathen - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

      Too good for Jorge Fabregas, huh?

    • km9000 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      They also temporarily got Napoli. But I don’t think the Jays got fleeced in any of those deals, so I wouldn’t expect otherwise with Iannetta/Conger.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        The Jays did not trade for Napoli. They did trade the Vernon Wells contract to the Angels and received Napoli and Rivera in return. Neither the Jays nor the Angels wanted Napoli and Rivera; however, the Jays had to take them in order to get the Wells contract off their books. Napoli was flipped to the Rangers for Francisco and his 1 year contract in order to get the 2 remaining years on Napoli’s contract off the books. Napoli has had good years hitting off and on; however, he is inferior behind the plate, which is why he is now playing first base.

  5. slclions - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    maybe J.P. is back on Twitter

  6. cabrera24 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    They need pitching . And a new manager .

  7. andreweac - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Just another team that has been successfully cursed by Mike Napoli.

    Angels after trading Napoli? Littered with epic fails.
    Blue Jays after trading Napoli? Train wrecks all over the place and lost seasons.
    Rangers after not retaining Napoli? Total collapse at the end of the year.

    • missthemexpos - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      So in other words, Boston must ensure that Napoli remains in their lineup till he retires.

  8. Francisco (FC) - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    The Blue Jays are targeting Angels catchers Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger

    Someone should tell the Blue Jays that assassination of opposing players is not sanctioned in the CBA. There are other ways to get the outs you know.

    • stex52 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      But given the Jays’ success rate at doing much of anything right (sorry, Cur) they may decide that assassinations have the highest likelihood of working.

      • cur68 - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        You guys kill me. Really. I read this stuff and its like dying. Why does my team have to suck this much? At least you two fellas understand what that’s like….

        (take THAT!)

  9. denverwally - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Maybe the Jay’s should start developing some of their own talent rather than overpaying for everyone elses cast offs and over pricecd free agents. How did that spending spree they went on last off season work out? Last place, I believe.

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