ORLANDO, Fla. – The nonsense inherent to the GM meetings was whipping around like the howling winds in Orlando early Wednesday morning, with a report out of Philadelphia suggesting the Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays were working on a Jose Bautista for Domonic Brown-plus swap.
Before things get all Yu Darvishy in Toronto, there’s no validity to it. None.
Much like the recent round of Blue-Jays-interested-in-Gordon-Beckham rumours, this appears to be another attempt to increase a player’s market value by using Alex Anthopoulos’s secretiveness as a cover.
The Blue Jays have no interest in Beckham, nor do they in trading an elite slugger under a good contract for a 26-year-old with one all-star season under his belt after years of struggling to acclimate to the big-leagues.
Still, that didn’t stop the rumour, reported by Fox 29’s Howard Eskin late Tuesday night, from taking on a life of its own, with a social media debate stirred up among the fanbases of both clubs.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 13, 2013
Much like the Darvish debacle in the winter of 2011, when various reports grossly exaggerated the Blue Jays’ interest in bidding for the Japanese right-hander and expectant fans were left disappointed when the Texas Rangers won the posting process, a healthy dose of skepticism is needed at this time of year.
Tuesday began with talk of the Blue Jays being a mystery team in pursuit of second baseman Robinson Cano and ended with Bautista-for-Brown-plus. Disney World’s New Fantasyland isn’t far from the GM meetings, but Anthopoulos hasn’t been hanging out there.