Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi says the Jays are entertaining offers for ace Roy Halliday. Halliday would become a free agent after 2010, and has a no-trade clause, but said he would listen to what the club had to say.
The Blue Jays were off to an amazing start in April and May, but injuries to the pitching staff stalled that momentum, pushing the Jays to the middle of the wildcard pack and fourth in the AL East.
Whomever is willing to pick up Halliday will likely have to give up two or three front line players and a couple of prospects, with at least one having the potential of being a one or two starter. If Halliday were to leave as a free agent after 2010, Toronto would be eligible for two high first round picks as compensation. [ESPN]
Colorado’s Alan Embree earned the win over Washington last night – without throwing a pitch. Entering the game with a runner on first and two outs, Embree picked off Austin Kearns – even recording the putout as Kearns was caught in a rundown.
According to STATS, Inc., Embree is the second to have won a game without throwing a pitch (B.J. Ryan did it in 2003) since 1986 and could well be the only player to win a game without throwing a pitch AND recording the putout. [MLB]
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster will miss a month after breaking his toe. Dempster injured his toe when hopping over the dugout railing to celebrate a victory on Sunday. He landed awkwardly and broke the toe. [ESPN]
Vlad Guerrero continues to fight the injury bug… Last night Guerrero left the Angels game when he pulled a muscle behind his knee trying to throw. He’s day-to-day for now. [ESPN]
Arizona traded reliever Tony Pena to the White Sox for Brandon Allen, a AAA infielder. Pena might benefit from a change of scenery, especially if he leaves a park (and defense) that makes him look worse than he really is. Of course, pitching in Chicago is no cup of tea, either. [FoxSports]
Welcome Back! Clete Thomas returns to the Tigers, which meant that Donald Kelly was designated for assignment. Seattle activated Erik Bedard from the DL, and Texas activated Dustin Nippert off the DL.
Hurry Back! Dodger Ronald Belisario heads to LA to have his elbow checked out. [FoxSports]
Cardinal Mark DeRosa heads to the DL for his injured left wrist, while Mariner Mike Sweeney heads to the DL with, you guessed it, a back injury. Oriole shortstop Cesar Izturis begins a rehab assignment in Bowie.