Jays Beat Angels – Wells, Encarnacion &Tallet Clear Waivers + Trades with Braves & Twins in the Works?
The Toronto Blue Jays (61-54) stretched their new win streak to two games last night, thanks to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, brought to us by the letter “W”, the number “3″ and the arm of Marc Rzepczynski (1-1) .
Toronto looks to extend their winning ways to three games tonight, putting Brett Cecil (9-5) on the mound against Ervin Santana (11-8).
On a side note, a day after Lyle Overbay cleared waivers, three more Jays – Vernon Wells, Edwin Encarnacion and Brian Tallet have all cleared waivers.
Although it is unlikely that Wells will be moved (this year), the rumour mill is heating up with talks of Toronto and Atlanta are discussing the potential move for the second time this season.
As a result of the Chipper Jones injury, and the average play of part-time replacement Brooks Conrad, the possibility of Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion moving to the Atlanta Braves is growing.
The main stumbling block seems to be the Braves side as they are still weighing the pros and cons of Encarnacion’s shaky defence against his powerful, yet streaky bat.
Another team that still remains interested in Blue Jays pitching is the Minnesota Twins.
With the spring training loss of closer Joe Nathan and the recent loss of Jose Mijares, the Twins have been in contact with the Jays pre-dating this year’s non-waiver trade deadline.
The talks have moved between the two clubs from Jason Frasor to Scott Downs without a deal, however it is more likely that the Twins latest interest – Brian Tallet - could be had for a much cheaper price then the two previous Jays pitvhing targets. There is no word on the players being discussed on the returning side to Toronto.
Will the Jays strike deals with the Braves or Twins?