Blue Jays monitor market for relievers
The Blue Jays continue to weigh their options prior to Sunday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. The club has a series a veteran relievers that could fetch a decent return as the club attempts to stock its already rich Minor League system.
Veteran relievers Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel, Jason Frasor and Jon Rauch have been mentioned in various online reports in recent days while right-hander Shawn Camp could also be available.
“I think guys that might be in the conversation have been in those conversations before,” Toronto manager John Farrell said on Tuesday. “There’s no real strong sentiment or rumor one way or the other.
“I think our guys have done a good job of just preparing to go out and compete today. But they’ve also been in the game long enough come Sunday there’s the potential for movements to take place somewhere.”
The five veterans are currently ranked as Type-B free agents which means they could net Toronto a compensation pick in next year’s First-Year Player Draft if they remain with the club through the end of the year but then depart via the open market.
That provides general manager Alex Anthopoulos with some leverage when negotiating with other teams because he won’t be forced into making a deal.
So far the rumors have been generated south of the border. Jason Frasor reportedly has generated interest from the Braves, Pirates and Diamondbacks while Jon Rauch (Braves) and Octavio Dotel (Pirates) have also been discussed. The Blue Jays remain quiet on their public stance regarding trades and it’s expected to remain that way up until Sunday’s deadline.
“The fact there hasn’t been any reports that something is imminent, there’s really no internal distraction at this point,” Farrell said.
— Gregor Chisholm