Oct. 21: The Blue Jays will be looking to add two quality starting pitchers this off-season, two people in the team’s baseball operations department said (Cafardo).
Oct. 11: Toronto may consider trading Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Reyes, and others this winter (Nicholson-Smith).
“Change is on its way one way or another, it’s just a question of how far the Blue Jays decide to go,” writes Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos as saying (Nicholson-Smith). “The core (of a team) changes with performances from year to year.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Oct. 11: The buzz from up north is that Toronto will mostly want starting pitching, which makes this very tricky. … Bautista should intrigue Sandy Alderson. … He’s missed significant time the last two years due to injury, yet still hit 25 home runs each season, which is why I bet Anthopoulos toys with dealing him over the next few months. Bautista will earn $14 million each of the next two seasons, with a team option for 2016. … The Mets have the talent to acquire him, I think. The thing is, they just pulled off a major trade with Anthopoulos a year ago. … The Blue Jays had shown interest in the Mets pitching before, from Dillon Gee to Jon Niese to guys in the farm system. Nevertheless, he’s someone I hope Alderson looks in to.
To read about whether the Mets would consider bringing back Reyes, check out this post by me and Michael Baron from last month.