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Toronto Blue Jays: The Rumor
According to AZCentral, Toronto remains a distant candidate, with no formidable deal in place, much less on the international drawing board.
Arizona last played Toronto in 2010, which, for Justin Upton, could mean two things: First, a fresh start and a chance to revitalize and second, that he might want to dial up brother B.J. Upton and ask about AL-style baseball.
Blue Jays FC Stephen Brown:
To acquire a young bat like Upton with his pedigree would get that big middle of the order bat that Anthopoulos has been looking for all season. With Yunel Escobar signed for the foreseeable future, Adeiny [Hechavarria] could definitely be on the move.
The Jays would probably have to give up Deck McGuire and another piece along with Adeiny to get Upton but with the glutton of arms in the system I don’t think it is a tall order for such a highly touted 24 year old who was in the top 5 in MVP voting last year. It is definitely a big time possibility that Upton comes north of the border.
This is the exact type of player that AA loves to acquire: controllable 'til 2015, young and would mesh well with the club. I say that the Jays should very much inquire about Upton’s availability which would definitely make them a frontrunner for the second Wild Card spot.
The Blue Jays would certainly love to snag Upton, though shortstop Hechavarria may not be an extremely attractive acquisition for Arizona; after all, the club recently welcomed back No. 1 shortstop Stephen Drew, and backup Willie Bloomquist remains an extremely vital option. Hechavarria's versatility will drive the likelihood of this trade.
On the other hand, McGuire is a powerful arm the D-Backs would certainly cherish. Pitching and defense win ball games—just ask Ian Kennedy, whose struggles have contributed to losses and triumphs to victories.
Trade Likelihood: Moderate