Source: Blue Jays drawing trade interest in Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar

The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten trade interest in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Kevin Pillar, a source said.

The Blue Jays have listened on Tulowitzki and it’s unclear whether or not a deal is close. There was some concern at one point about whether or not Tulowitzki is fully on board. However, the feeling is that once he goes through a full Spring Training with the team, he may feel more a part of things.

Teams began calling the Blue Jays about Tulowitzki at the beginning of the offseason and it’s unknown what teams called them about his availability.

In 41 games in Toronto, the 31-year-old Tulowitzki hit .239 with five home runs and 17 RBI.

The player on the Blue Jays that has garnered the most trade interest, according to a source: Outfielder Kevin Pillar.

Pillar is a player that teams appear to have a lot of interest in. Teams value his speed and defense, as well as his upside.

In trade offers, teams were offering the Blue Jays either starting pitching or back end relievers in return for Pillar, but it wasn’t enough for the team to pull the trigger on a deal.

If the Blue Jays are going to trade Pillar, it would likely have a number two starting pitcher going back to Toronto.

The Blue Jays are open to listening to inquiries for both players, as they should be. However, they are in no rush to trade either player.

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11 Responses

  1. Lonster

    Hate to lose either of them. Really looking forward to a whole year of a healthy Tulo.

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  2. nathan

    I’m already fed up with this joke of a GM … this article alone has made my decision pretty easy re: season tickets

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    • Brownie19

      WTF man? This article says GM’s are calling about the availability of Tulo and Pillar. This makes sense as GM’s are typically looking talent players. It says the Jays GM has listened. That’s his job – he’d be an idiot not to at least listen to the offers. You’re basing your decision re: seasons tickets based on this information? That’s embarrassing.

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      • bill neftleberg

        theres truth to this, but you have to understand that Nathan is assuming that Shapiro isnt willing to trade Pillar for a number 2 based on this article. dont worry Nathan, Shapiro isnt stupid, if he could make that kind of deal he would….in a heartbeat. the blogger just is absolutely delusional

      • Todd Bernier

        Agreed. You get a SP2, like Carrasco, for Pillar and that is highway robbery. Shapiro (and every other GM) makes that deal every day all day. Pillar is more easily replaced than an SP2.

      • Todd Bernier

        Agreed. You get a SP2, like Carrasco, for Pillar and that is highway robbery. Shapiro (and every other GM) makes that deal every day all day. Pillar is more easily replaced than an SP2.

  3. bill neftleberg

    no one trades a legit number 2 for Kevin Pillar…..what a load of bullspit

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  4. Larry Balan

    Jays are not going to even consider trading neither TULO or Pillar. Not going to happen. Smarten up. Jays are contenders not pretenders.

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    • Rick

      Really got to stop hearing people talk about Tulo not comfortable yet he’s a professional ball player trades happen stop whining Jay’s can’t trade either Pillar already traded Revere and Bautista is a free agent and can’t trade Tulo as already traded a good bat in Revere and no one can replace him and pls don’t say Goins he’s a back up and we don’t know how Travis will be when he gets back thus neither can go if Tulo goes it will be a salary dump showing us truly what Rogers is cheap

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  5. RRRrrr

    I’m guessing by “source” you mean your buddy? Hard to believe that this website would have inside info that the top guys in the industry wouldn’t.

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