The Toronto Blue Jays are a team that is on the lookout for starting pitching and one of their top targets, Cole Hamels, will not approve of a trade to Toronto, meaning the Blue Jays have to look elsewhere in order to fill their need in the rotation.
According to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com, the Blue Jays are showing interest in Cincinnati Reds‘ Mike Leake, San Diego Padres‘ Ian Kennedy and Milwaukee Brewers‘ Mike Fiers.
Leake, 27, is a player that is on a lot of teams radar. He isn’t quite the pitcher his teammate, Johnny Cueto, is, but he is still a player that would help any contending team. Leake does, however, lead the Reds with 12 quality starts this season. In 19 games this season, Leake is 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 81/33 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Kennedy, 30, is having a rough season, to say the least. He has an ERA approaching 5, and has allowed 20 home runs in only 84.1 innings pitched. If the Blue Jays want to add a starting pitcher at a relatively low cost, Kennedy is their guy, but they shouldn’t expect him to make a big difference in their rotation.
Fiers, 30, is a player the Blue Jays have “strong interest” in, Rosenthal adds. That being said, the Brewers are not motivated to move Fiers, given how he is under contract through 2019 and earning only $512,500 this year. If a deal was to be completed, the Blue Jays would have to move multiple players, which doesn’t seem like something they will do for someone like Fiers.
No deals are believed to be imminent, but it is clear that the Blue Jays are motivated to add at least one starting pitcher before the trade deadline.
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