The speculation about the Jays entertaining trade offers for A.J. Burnett was nicely anticipated by faithful commenter Pete Toms way back in late August.
Phil Rogers at ESPN.com figures the Cardinals might make a play for the prodigal right-hander. The question is what St. Louis has that the Jays want.
They have a lefty-hitting 21-year-old catcher in Bryan Anderson, who projects to be a very good on-base guy at the major-league level. The Jays need a new left side of the infield too, but St. Louis doesn't have much available.
Standing firm with the crew which went 83-79 and finished third in the AL East isn't going to play well in Casual Fan City for Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi. Making moves designed to win press conferences -- which is so MLSE -- is hardly something to aspire to and besides, can Burnett bring that much with his track record of being hurt?
It says here that teams are getting too smart to trade the farm for A.J. Burnett... although if Cam Bonifay ever gets to run a team again, all bets are off. This might be one of those trades that is best left unmade.