The latest is that the Phillies are hard after A.J. Burnett, dangling a couple of prospects.
The larger point, which friend of the blog Pete Toms made between innings during the Rapidz game last night (they won! they won!) is that we shouldn't downplay the possibility that the Jays might end up being stuck with Burnett for the rest of the season. They probably want to move him, since (a) it makes it look like Godcciardi is doing something and (b) the cynical observation is the front office very wells now that any minor-leaguers they can get now would likely have more value than two compensatory draft picks, since Rogers Communications is a bunch of El Cheapos when it comes to spending on quality prospects.
The Phillies' interest is a real wild card, since ol' Wolley Segap himself, Pat Gillick, has been known to go all in to land a pitcher for the stretch run. Remember Jeff Kent for David Cone in 1992?
Out of the prospects Jeff Blair mentioned, though, only one who's even mildly groin-grabblingly awesome: Lou Marson. He's a righty-hitting catcher, said to be the total package behind the plate, and while there's questions about whether he'll hit enough to be an everyday player, he's leading the Eastern League in on-base percentage. The downside is that his .447 OBP eclipses his .424 slugging percentage.
The big matzo ball hanging out there with centrefielder Greg Golson is that his walk-to-strikeout ratio in the minors over the past season and a half is 36-to-250 -- sub-Soriano plate discipline. He's supposed to be a burner -- hit, run, throw -- but the batting eye apparently leaves something to be desired.
Our handy-dandy Baseball Prospectus 2008 also says that right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco isn't anything special, even though he did reach Double-A last year at age 20.
Burnett to the Dodgers would be a wicked burn of sorts, since going from the 44-47 Jays to the 45-46 Dodgers would mean he's on a contender. Is anyone else tired of the unbalanced schledule and interleague play yet?
Blair: Phils mulling trade for Burnett (Globe on Baseball
Report: Phillies, Dodgers after Burnett (Roto World)