The Blue Jays and Indians are believed to have come close on a deal that would have sent Carlos Carrasco to Toronto, a baseball source has confirmed. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reported on Sunday that the teams came close to a trade that ultimately "fell apart near the finish line".
Davidi reports that Carrasco is no longer an option for the Jays, who are looking for controllable starting options in the wake of losing out on Johnny Cueto, who was dealt to the Royals after the Reds reportedly asked the Jays for Marcus Stroman in trade talks. It is unclear who the Indians would have acquired in exchange for Carrasco, who is under team control through the 2020 season.
Toronto is known to be active on the starting pitching market, with multiple sources with the club confirming that they are casting out a wide net in their search and considering all options. Brewers' righty Mike Fiers is a rumored target, and the team is known to be talking to the Padres about pitching-- potentially Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, James Shields, Ian Kennedy and Craig Kimbrel. Tigers' ace David Price will also be of interest to the Jays if Detroit decides to sell in advance of Friday's trade deadline.