Multiple teams looking to acquire Scott Downs

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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the competition to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs has become “fierce” between the Red Sox and Yankees. 

The Mets, Reds and Twins have also expressed interest and the Rockies have been linked loosely.

Downs, a southpaw, has posted an excellent 2.45 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 40.1 innings for the Jays this season.  He’s held left-handed hitters to a .189 batting average and righties haven’t fared much better. 

There isn’t a team in baseball that would pass on an opportunity to add a quality bullpen arm and the competition between the clubs involved will only help the Jays in the end.  They’re on the search for young, affordable talent and have also made closer Kevin Gregg and setup man Jason Frasor available to interested teams.

Red Sox trade Roenis Elias back to the Mariners

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The Boston Red Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve traded lefty Roenis Elias to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash.

Boston had acquired Elias in the same trade that netted them reliever Carson Smith in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro back in December of 2015. Since that time Elias has not been a part of the Red Sox’ plans, pitching in just four big league games — eight innings total — in all of 2016 and 2017 and not making an appearance for the big club this season. He was pretty solid for Pawtucket in 2016 but 2017 was largely lost to injuries.

Now he’s headed back to Seattle where, once upon a time, Elias posted a 3.85 ERA in 29 starts as a rookie for the Mariners.