Day 1 at the Winter Meetings — afternoon edition
Day 1 here at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas has gotten off to a relatively slow start. There haven’t been any major moves made by any club and even the rumors seem to be somewhat lacking compared to Sunday’s pre-meetings buzz.
Toronto did find itself in some of the lobby talk but just like everything else at this time of year that news needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The first came from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who reported the Blue Jays are believed to be a potential player for Albert Pujols, which is something I don’t believe even for a second.
Foxsports.com then reported the Blue Jays had some interest in Atlanta’s Martin Prado and that rumour does make a lot of sense. Prado would be a nice replacement at second base for the likely departure of free agent Kelly Johnson but there might not be a suitable match between the two clubs. The Braves are in the market for a power hitting left fielder and they are reportedly not sold on the upside of Eric Thames.
A few other items I heard today…
Former Rockies closer Huston Street remains on the trading block and Colorado is extremely high on the Blue Jays’ crop of young pitchers in the Minor Leagues. As of Monday afternoon, though, it didn’t appear as though there was a match because Toronto is reluctant to part with some of that high-end talent for Street. I didn’t hear any specific Blue Jays pitchers mentioned but a quick look at last year’s pitching staff at Double-A New Hampshire and it’s not hard to pick out a few names that the Rockies likely would be interested in.
Oakland’s Andrew Bailey also remains on the block and A’s appear to want some power at the plate in return. If the A’s aren’t interested in Thames then there aren’t a lot of other players who are close to the Major Leagues that fit the bill from Toronto. David Cooper could be part of a deal but he managed to hit just nine home runs in Triple-A Las Vegas which doesn’t project very well in the Majors.
Today’s other rumor on Monday involved Kansas City relievers Joakim Soria and Greg Holland. The Royals are reportedly looking for help in the starting rotation and Toronto has some depth to spare at the back end of the staff so that’s a story worth following as the week unfolds.
The Toronto media will be meeting with Alex Anthopoulos at 4 p.m. ET and I’ll have a full recap of that available on bluejays.com later today. Also, don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter @gregorMLB