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Blue Jays trade deadline: Latest on Hill, Logan, Hellickson, Sale and Red Sox

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Jul 7, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill (18) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill (18) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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All has been quiet on the Toronto Blue Jays front through Monday morning as a league-wide flurry of activity is expected this afternoon.

Earlier today, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reported that one issue facing the Blue Jays is their lack of upper-level prospect talent. Beyond Rowdy Tellez, who is excelling at double-A, and Conner Greene, who is still finding his way after a successful start in advanced-A Dunedin, Toronto’s top names rest in the lower levels.

Davidi also reports that that Blue Jays have examined the variables involved with Rich Hill, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 20th) with a blister.

“The Blue Jays have had internal discussions on how they’d deal with his blister problems,” Davidi wrote, “and will have to decide how much they’re willing to pay for as little as one month of his work on the mound.”

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He adds that the Blue Jays refused to package Tellez with Matt Boyd in a deal for Ben Zobrist with the Oakland Athletics last season, so the powerful first-baseman could remain a primary target of the A’s in any deal.

On other trade fronts, Chris Cotillo reports that the Colorado Rockies are not expected to deal left-handed reliever Boone Logan, who had recently been linked to Toronto.

Jeremy Hellickson remains a hot name on the open market, but Cotillo reports that the Phillies are “aiming high” and seeking a top-5 prospect from a trade partner’s system. For two months of Hellickson, that may be far too rich for the Blue Jays.

Elsewhere in the American League East, the Boston Red Sox have the prospect capital necessary to own the market. Though it still seems quite unlikely, Ken Rosenthal and Bob Nightengale have both reported that Boston is targeting Chris Sale.

In a corresponding tweet, Rosenthal revealed that a source had told him “Don’t waste your time” when he asked how strongly he should pursue the interest between the Red Sox and Sale. The word of the day continues to be “fluid” (flexible for it’s lack of real meaning), and that appears to be the state of this situation.

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