The Toronto Blue Jays have been in touch with the Texas Rangers about reliever Joakim Soria according to Fox Sports. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Blue Jays discussing Joakim Soria but could also call up Aaron Sanchez or Daniel Norris for bullpen help


Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports circulated a few rumours about the Toronto Blue Jays on Twitter yesterday.

First it was Morosi who shared that the Blue Jays and Tigers have touched base with the Texas Rangers regarding reliever Joakim Soria.

Soria, 30, has racked up 16 saves this season with the Rangers and in 29.1 innings has struck out 40 batters to along along with a sparkling 2.76 ERA, 0.80 FIP and 0.818 WHIP. He’s scheduled to earn $5.5 million this season and has a $7 million team option (with a $500,000 buyout) for 2015.

Traditionally relievers haven’t held a tonne of value on the trade market so the hope is that Soria could be acquired without the Blue Jays having to give up one or more of their top prospects (Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey).

Speaking of Sanchez and Norris, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports thinks the Blue Jays might have a couple of relief pitchers for this season already within their system.

Watching both Sanchez and Norris on MiLB.TV, I’ve been impressed with the hard throwing, opposite-armed pitchers. Sanchez, 22, has taken a step forward with his control in recent starts, which coupled with the movement on his pitches and electric velocity, has made pitching with the Blue Jays this year a legitimate possibly. I’d like to see him throw a few more strikes at Triple-A before he’s advanced but Sanchez could be with the team by early August.

Norris, 21, has been very good on the minor league circuit over the past 12 months and at this time last year was pitching for the Low-A Lansing Lugnuts. He started this season in High-A and was quickly advanced after a dominant first half. In Double-A he’s found early success and as a lefty who throws in the mid-90′s to go along with three potential plus secondary offerings he could be knocking on the door to the Show later this season. I doubt the Blue Jays would add Norris to their playoff roster* so I could see a situation where he finishes the minor league season and is called up in September to close the year without having to activate an option.

*if necessary (fingers crossed!)

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  • bob l.

    if sanchez and Norris were to be called up before the expanded rosters, who would go? I guess the obvious is Jenkins but who would be the other? loup still has options (I think), but he seems to be way too valuable. I just hope they don’t let McGowan go. I say Redmond or santos.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I would hope they wouldn’t have to go to Norris before rosters expanded but if they did could always option Kratz and carry an eight-man pen too. Also, depending on what type of innings limit they have on Hutch he could theoretically be shut down before September and option him if they don’t want him going past say, 150 IP. I don’t really know what the plan is for him, he’s thrown almost 150 before but then had Tommy John surgery the next year so my guess he doesn’t go much past that.

      • bob l.

        maybe the better question is who gets the axe off of the 40 man? Gillespie or mastroianni would probably be options. maybe trading santos or Redmond would open a spot also. assuming that they would both e called up before expansion.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          I could definitely go without Gillespie or Mastroianni. I think another situation to keep an eye on is Dan Johnson vs. Juan Francisco as the Blue Jays might need to DFA one of them when Lind gets back. Francisco has a bit more value since he can still play third but if Johnson keeps showing a good approach it will be interesting to see who they keep for the stretch run.

          • Andrew van Laar

            Only problem is they are both LH :S I would love to see one of them flipped for their RH equivalent.

        • Gary Reid

          I don’t believe Santos will work out as part of the bullpen. Whatever may be ailing Delabar, hopefully will get rectified in Buffalo. It would be great if a veteran like Johnson could stick around and come off the bench — as you said, much more sothan Mastroianni or Gillespie. Sanchez and Norris look like real good potential arms, a la Stroman. I sincerely hope that AA does not get pressured to give up either one of them to get Price. Price for how long is the question.

          Interesting suggestion by someone that Reyes should play 2nd base — and that his days at SS are numbered. Lawrie at Shortstop??? I would still love to see Aaron Hill return to the Jays — even with an 11million$ contract.

          Sure Gillick was a great GM — but times were great then to get players that cannot be gotten now. And we traded away the farm to win in 92 and 93. Here we are 20 years later — many of us never having seen the Jays anywhere close to playoff material.
          Thanks for the world series and the 10-year run from ’83 to ’93 — but from ’94 to present, not so much. Riccardi has been much maligned for his GMship. But his “call to arms” was to cut, cut and more cut. He did very well, considering the European beer ownership period.

          Its great to say — this is the year — go for it. But this may not be the year — and if one goes for it — and a couple of excellent prospects are lost when Price, for example, decides to test free agency — what have we gained?

          • bob l.

            agreed. I feel with lawrie ee, morrow and lind all coming back by mid august that is like a “trade deadline deal” that is tremendous and they lose no prospects.

    • Andrew van Laar

      Wait what am I missing something here? Why are we needing to rust two
      kids? I’ve been away all weekend but has there been a slew of bullpen
      injuries? Why are we talking about sending down another reliever and
      optioning Loup or letting go of Redmond and McGowan?

      • bob l.

        sorry andrew we were just throwing out options if Norris and sanchez were called up before the expansion.

        • Andrew van Laar

          Ah I see. Is there any reason why they would be? I am assuming its because our RH relievers have been less than steller this year save for Janssen and McGowan? I really would not like them to be rushed though. Since changing his arm slot, Sanchez has looked great! Norris should not be up this year though. He started the year in just A+ and at AA he hasn’t been blowing away batters (he’s been good but not brilliant as so far). Interesting to see what the Jays do :)