With Edwin Encarnacion on the disabled list for the next two to four weeks after sustaining a right quad strain in Saturday’s game against the Oakland A’s, the Toronto Blue Jays are looking to keep their team strong. Rumors spread like wildfire that the Jays were going after starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija but much to some fans dismay, the already dominant Oakland A’s scooped him up. So where does this leave the Jays?
Well, the rumor mill is off again and this time, rumor has it that the Jays are in talks with the San Diego Padres for third baseman, Chase Headley. Headley has played his entire career in San Diego thus far. This season, he has 6 homeruns, a batting average of .217, and an on base percentage of .297 over 67 games played (he spent some time on the DL this season due to a calf injury). Offensively, he certainly can’t replace Edwin in the clean-up spot but defensively, he could be a good addition. If the Jays acquire Chase Headley, you can likely expect to see Brett Lawrie shift the second base when he returns in early August. It’s too early to tell what the Jays would be willing to trade in return although Jays prospects are a serious consideration.
In other news, the Tampa Bay Rays have stated that they would be willing to deal their ace, LHP David Price to an AL East team. Price has spent his career in Tampa and has expressed discontent with the possibility of a trade. However, having a pitcher like David Price join the Toronto Blue Jays would really help strengthen the Jays struggling pitching rotation. He has a career record of 78-46 (46 no decisions) and an ERA of 3.23. He is the 2012 CY Young winner and will be making his fourth All-Star appearance this year.