PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 20: Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 20, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
The Toronto Blue Jays remain in "buy" mode for the moment, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi adds that Toronto is scouting the major leagues hard. So far this season, the Blue Jays have been tied to Wandy Rodriguez of the Houston Astros, Jeremy Guthrie of the Colorado Rockies, and Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs.
#BlueJays remain in "buy" mode for the moment. They are scouting major leagues hard. Need pitching, obviously.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 20, 2012
Morosi ended his tweet by noting that the Blue Jays obviously need pitching. Toronto is specifically in need of starters after losing three players, Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchinson and Kyle Drabek, from their rotation due to injury in the past week.
While the Blue Jays entered the day a game over .500, that mark puts them in the basement of the ultra-competitive American League East, 6 ½ games behind the division-leading New York Yankees.
For this reason it’s been rumored that Toronto could look to sell by the time the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline rolls around. While this could still happen, Morosi says the team isn’t in sell mode yet.
The Blue Jays were one of three teams that had scouts at Wandy Rodriguez’s last start, according to Morosi. They have also reportedly held trade talks with the Rockies regarding former AL East hurler Jeremy Guthrie. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported this weekend that Toronto has been watching Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster and the Jays have been tied to Chicago’s Matt Garza as well.