The Toronto Blue Jays are casting a wide net in their attempt to add another starting pitcher before the 4 pm eastern trade deadline.
According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Blue Jays are reportedly showing interest in Texas Rangers veteran hurler Mike Minor. The 32-year old is in the final year of a three-year pact that will see him earn just shy of ten million this season.
Minor previously had a no-trade clause that included Toronto during the first two years of the contract, however, the clause is no longer applicable for the final year of the deal. The Jays appear poised to add another arm even though they already Taijuan Walker earlier last week.
The southpaw has struggled thus far this season with the Rangers after enjoying a very successful 2019 campaign. Last season, Minor made a career-high 32 starts posting a 14-10 record with a respectable 3.59 earned run average while fanning 8.6 batters per nine innings.
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Minor also accumulated a 7.8 WAR in 2019 and made his first All-Star appearance while finishing eighth in AL Cy Young voting.
The veteran hurler has struggled this season to replicate his previous season. Thus far, Minor sports an inflated 5.60 earned run average while surrendering 22 runs in 35.1 innings of work including seven round-trippers.
The Rangers are also reportedly attempting to unload Rougned Odor on any potential suitor, however, the Blue Jays may be a tough sell considering their history with him. In saying that, Ross Atkins is reportedly attempting to add an infielder in the absence of Bo Bichette although Odor is not a shortstop.
The brain trust appears set on leaving no stone unturned as they attempt to shore up their roster before the trade deadline later this afternoon. The Jays have some momentum of late and are willing to take their chance on a postseason run during this pandemic shortened season.
Stay tuned, things could get interesting before the day is over.