In a word, "doubtful."
Joel Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that "the Toronto Blue Jays are believed a potential player but would seem an odd fit for a player who has indicated a strong preference to land with a contender."
No other mention is made of the Jays in the 1,200-plus word article, so this smacks of hyperbolic filler.
This got my attention. Murphy is the type of player Alex Anthpoulos loves: multi-position flexibility (1B, 2B, 3B, OF), young (26) and inexpensive ($422,000 this year with arbitration eligibility). Not to mention the fact this kid can play.
Not a serious power threat, Murphy still has 12-15 HR capability to go along with a reliable .300 bat that makes consistent contact as his 75 doubles over his last two seasons show. Include his above-average defense and we may be looking at the perfect place holder at 2B until the arrival of Adeiny Hechavarria sometime in late 2013.
High on promise, low on results, Callaspo is a suspect defender with little power and no speed. Not sure why Toronto would be interested in him for anything other than a utility position.
For those of you pining away for Martin Prado, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal crushes your dreams as he claims Toronto simply doesn't have what Atlanta wants, a left-field "Thumper"
That's debatable. Eric Thames fits that role quite nicely, although perhaps the Braves are looking for a more "marquee" name. As much as I love me some Thames, I can't see him getting the juices flowing for the average Braves fan. Pity.
Yu Darvish still has not posted. Not that I care.
Quick, count the number of high-profile Japanese pitching imports to make the All-Star team. I'll wait.
Give up? The answer is one. Hideo Nomo made his only All-Star Game in 1995. Others have done so as well but none were considered "high profile" and among them only one has done it twice. Octogenarian closer Kaz Sasaki was an All-Star in 2002 and 2003.
The rumor du jour right now regards the possibility of Prince Fielder signing with Toronto. Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets that Toronto is in the mix for Fielder and has the cash to spend. This was confirmed by Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports a day later, writing that Toronto is one of several teams interested in the big first baseman.
I put the odds of this actually happening at roughly 25:1. That's clearly an arbitrary number but I base that on the fact that Anthopoulos has stated several times that he's not interested in lengthy contracts.
I'm also pretty sure this is a red herring offered up by superagent and all-around scum bag Scott Boras to drive up the asking price. I'd put my money on Texas as the team most likely to secure Fielder's services. They clearly need more offense...
Having said that, I'd love this to be true. Lawrie/Bautista/Fielder could be an absolutely lethal 2/3/4 (or 3/4/5) with the potential to hit a combined 120 home runs between the three of them.
If I could wave a magic wand I'd make this deal, flip Adam Lind to Oakland in a deal for closer Andrew Bailey (they desperately need a 1B with pop), sign Mark Buehrle and then acquire Dan Murphy to play second.
Either way, should be a fun offseason.