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Rogers Communications considering selling the Toronto Blue Jays

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SportsNet reports that Rogers Communications is considering selling the Toronto Blue Jays.

There is no deal imminent, but the sale of the team — as well as other corporate assets — is reportedly being considered in order to create liquidity to allow the company to do other things. There is no suggestion in the article that the possibility of a sale is being driven by anything specific to the Jays, their business or their future. Rogers, Canada’s largest media company, says it still wishes to broadcast Jays games, but notes that it doesn’t need to own the club to hold broadcast rights.

Rogers has owned the Blue Jays since 2000. Before that they were owned by Interbew, a forerunner to brewing giant InBev, from 1995-2000. From the team’s inception in 1976 through 1995 they were owned by the Labatt Brewing Company.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.