While the Cubs try to unload Edwin Jackson, (good luck with that) there is a chance they could still make some other minor deals by the July 31 deadline.
One team, the Rays, may still be trying to figure out whether they are buyers or sellers in the market. Or both. As it was put to me, they may just be realigning assets. That said, Tampa may have an interest in dealing with the Cubs here soon. At the same time, it sounds like another team, the Jays, wishes they would have sooner.
The word I heard yesterday was that Tampa was looking into the Cubs left-handed relievers, such as James Russell and even former Ray Wesley Wright. Wright would be a surprise as they let him walk after last season.
I was also told that the Blue Jays are now regretting not making a deal for either Jeff Samardzija or Jason Hammel previously. A source says Toronto is currently finding the price for what's left out on the pitching market to be absurd, especially considering the value.
In hindsight, the Jays would have taken the opportunity to deal for a front-line starter like Samardzija, even though that meant meeting the Cubs' steep asking price.
All along, the Cubs were insisting that Toronto include not one, but two top pitching prospects and in both Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris in a deal. Toronto was only willing to give up one of their young arms at the time. The Jays apparently were also very reluctant to include outfielder Dalton Pompey.
Despite all that, it was figured the Jays and Cubs would finally get down to business and consummate a deal since both sides were highly motivated. However, Oakland and Billy Beane came out of the shadows to snag both Samardzija and Hammel by offering a surprise package headlined by top prospect Addison Russell.
That was more than enough to get the Cubs to pounce. It left Toronto to sift through what is left of a thin pitching market. If the Rays are actually now thinking about adding instead of selling, that pitching market just got even thinner.
Hey, maybe the Cubs can still find a taker for Jackson after all?
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