Toronto is hoping to upgrade its starting rotation before the end of next week and the club is not just in pursuit of top arms. The Brewers are expected to be open to selling major league pieces, and according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Toronto and Milwaukee are discussing a deal that would send Mike Fiers to the Blue Jays.
At 50-49 heading into play on Sunday, the Blue Jays are five and a half games behind the first place Yankees in the American League East. The club is confident it can make a second half playoff run and as a result has a desire to add at least one arm to its starting five before the end of next week.
Fiers, 30, has posted a 3.94 ERA and 3.88 FIP over 112.0 innings and 20 starts with the Brewers. He only tossed 71.2 major league innings last season but could prove to be a valuable middle of the rotation arm. Milwaukee is sitting in last place in the National League Central and as a result is likely to move several pieces before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Scott Kazmir was dealt to the Astros and Johnny Cueto is drawing a notable amount of interest from the Royals as the market for starting pitching has started to heat up. The Blue Jays have also been linked to Cueto but if he is ultimately dealt to Kansas City they will have to consider other options. Cole Hamels is a possibility, however Rosenthal notes Jeff Samardzija and David Price are among the other starters Toronto has expressed interest in.
The Blue Jays are expected to add an arm but might have to act sooner than they wanted to. With Kazmir off the board and Cueto and Hamels drawing a notable amount of interest, they might be in a position to add a middle of the rotation arm quickly.