Rumours and Ramblings

Friday, July 4, 2008  |  by 

Can you tell that the trade deadline is coming up? It seems like every week, there is a Jays player rumoured to being shopped by management. This week, David Eckstein’s name was somehow added to the list of rumoured players being thrown out as trade bait. Strangely enough, it’s Baltimore that’s considering bringing in Little Eck. The Jays are apparently not very happy with Eckstein’s performance so far this season (who wouldn’t be), so they’re considering bringing in their 4th shortstop in 2 years. I don’t know why it is, but for some reason they cannot find a dependable SS for the life of them.

It’s no surprise that A.J. Burnett could also be flying the Jays nest come the end of the month; after his media fiasco hinting that he’d like to play for the Chicago Cubs, I’m sure his agent’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Burnett’s contract expires at the end of this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go to a team looking to add another arm to their starting rotation. I just don’t think that A.J. is in the Jays long-term plans anyway, so they may as well dump the salary and give a young pitcher like David Purcey or John Parrish the chance to gain some big-league experience.

It looks like the only way the Jays will deal either of these guys (or any players for that matter) is to a contending team, in exchange for some prospects or draft picks. The Blue Jays can’t expect to magically cure their hitting woes with one player at the trade deadline - that’s what the offseason is for.

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