June 15, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (10) gets to third base on a throwing error off this hit against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE
The Toronto Blue Jays are asking around for pitching help, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. While they are checking in on starters, Rosenthal and ESPN’s Buster Olney wonder if the Blue Jays will end up as sellers before the non-waiver trade deadline. So far this season, the Blue Jays have been tied to Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza.
The Blue Jays have lost three starting pitchers in the past week, Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchinson, and Olney and Rosenthal believe this could have one of two impacts on Toronto. The Blue Jays could either increase their efforts to add a starter with the injuries to their trio, or they could decide to hold off on acquisitions and instead sell this summer.
While the Blue Jays have been tied to Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza this season, they have also had a few players of their own find their way into the rumor mill.
Last week, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports speculated that the Blue Jays could look to trade veteran players that they don’t feel fit into their long-term plans such as Edwin Encarnacion and Kelly Johnson.
While the Blue Jays have won three games in a row, they still find themselves 6 ½ games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the American League East.