According to multiple reports, the Blue Jays have made late-inning relievers Kevin Gregg, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor available. This should not come as a surprise, considering all three are eligible for free agency at season’s end and are not part of Toronto’s long-term plans.
Gregg has converted 20 saves in 23 chances for the Jays since taking over the role Frasor occupied at the start of the season. As things currently stand, Downs would qualify as a Type A free agent, while Gregg and Frasor would be eligible as Type B. That means all three could potentially net compensation picks in the 2011 Draft.
Gregg, 32, is under contract for $2.75 million this and his deal with the Jays includes either a $4.5 million club option for 2011 or an $8.75 million club option for the 2011-12 seasons. Downs — one of the better left-handed specialists over the past few years — is earning $4 million this year, while Frasor is under contract for $2.65 million.
Jon Heyman of SI.com and MLB Network brought up that possibility on Sunday night, when he wrote on his Twitter account that the White Sox “might” consider adding Roy Oswalt
after Cliff Lee signed with the Rangers
, though they are “leery” about how he’ll react to switching from the National League to the American League for the first time.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com wrote via Twitter recently that Oswalt would use his full no-trade clause to block a trade to the White Sox and Tigers. But perhaps that changes.
Oswalt said he’s not really sure
how the Lee deal impacts his situation, but the White Sox — after a furious one-month run — are in the thick of things in the AL Central and are almost assured of being buyers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Since Jake Peavy
is expected to miss the rest of the season
, Chicago will likely need starting-pitching help if they hope for a division title.
Oswalt would come at a pro-rated price tag of $15 million. The 32-year-old right-hander is owed $16 million next season and then has a $16 million option (with a $2 million buyout) for 2012. The Mets, Dodgers, Rays, Twins and several others could also be interested in adding a veteran starter like Oswalt.
Here’s more from around the league as we await the State Farm Home Run Derby …
* The Angels plan on pursuing speedy left fielder Carl Crawford when he becomes a free agent this offseason, according to FOXSports.com. For that reason, and because Kendry Morales is expected back in 2011, the club doesn’t want to acquire a first baseman who’s signed beyond the rest of this season.
* It doesn’t look like the first-place Padres will be sellers before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but it looks like they’ll be looking into smaller deals, according to the San Diego Union Tribune. Lance Berkman and Jermaine Dye are two guys San Diego is looking into for the outfield, the newspaper stated.
* The Blue Jays have made three of their late-inning relievers — Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Kevin Gregg — available, according to multiple reports. All three of them are free agents at the end of this season and not part of Toronto’s long-term plans.
* The financially strapped Marlins have made Cody Ross
and Jorge Cantu
available, but are holding off on Ricky Nolasco
and Dan Uggla
for now, according to FOXSports.com. Florida has a long climb ahead of itself in the second half if it hopes to content for a playoff spot, so drastic roster changes may be inevitable
* It would take “an extraordinary deal”
for the Nationals to trade slugger Adam Dunn
, general manager Mike Rizzo
said Sunday. Rizzo also said the club wants Josh Willingham
– Alden Gonzalez