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Padres aggressively scouting Blue Jays, per source

The teams could match up on a deal involving pitching heading to Toronto.

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The Padres have been aggressively scouting the Blue Jays' farm system, according to an industry source. The two clubs have been involved in trade talks, as we wrote earlier in the week.

Toronto is most likely to be interested in Padres' pitchers Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Craig Kimbrel, according to a source, though Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit cannot be ruled out at this point. The Jays are thought to be aggressively pursuing rotation help and the Padres are reportedly open for business, so the teams would make sense as a match.

According to sources, Padres' officials have scouted the Jays extensively in recent weeks, with Daniel Norris, Jeff Hoffman, Dalton Pompey, Matt Boyd, Miguel Castro, Anthony Alford, Mitch Nay and Alberto Tirado among the names that could be on their radar. The team had multiple scouts at recent starts by Hoffman and Norris, according to one source.

It is currently unclear if the sides are close on a deal, as both clubs are likely talking to multiple other teams as they search for trade partners.