The San Diego Padres are said to be “all over” the Toronto Blue Jays‘ farm system, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
If a deal were to go down, it would likely be centered around starting pitching, as the Blue Jays are “in serious pursuit of a starting pitcher,” Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Ross, 28, is drawing quite a bit of interest on the trade market, with the Chicago Cubs as a potential suitor. In 20 starts this season, he has put up a 6-7 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA and 124/57 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is scheduled to make $5.25 million this year and is scheduled to hit free agency in 2018.
Cashner, 28, is having a bit of a down year coming off of a strong 2014 season that saw him go 5-7 with a 2.55 ERA and 93/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His ERA this season is up over four and he has walked more batters this year than he did last year, even though he has faced 48 less batters.
A deal could be getting close, via Chris Townsend of 957thegame.com:
“I think the Blue Jays are making a deal right now. Overheard executive from team and PR guy rushed him out of box while I was doing my show.”
Could be something, could be nothing. Either way, stay tuned.
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