The Giants are trying to get creative with holes to fill in left field and third base, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that they are in talks with the Braves about a trade for Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.
There have only been preliminary talks thus far, but Nightengale hears that neither club is “overly optimistic” that a deal will ultimately be reached. Part of this is because the Braves have doubts about whether the Giants have the prospects to get it done.
Upton, 27, is owed $14.5 million next season before hitting free agency. Meanwhile, Johnson is guaranteed $23.5 million through 2017. That’s a big price to pay for someone who batted just .263/.292/.361 with 10 home runs and 58 RBI this past season. It’s believed that the asking price in prospects could be cheaper if teams take Johnson along with Upton.
The Buffalo Blue Jays? Is that a thing? Maybe.
The Toronto Blue Jays are, officially, set to begin their season at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 29. Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, however, reports that they are looking at alternatives:
Multiple sources confirm to The Buffalo News that the Bisons’ parent club has finally reached out to Rich Baseball Operations in the last couple of days to examine the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo this summer.
This report of a potential for the Buffalo Blue Jays to make their debut comes a couple of days after the strict restrictions on movement for Jays players — they are reportedly required to stick to the Rogers Centre and the connecting hotel or face harsh punishment — met with at least some backlash. The restrictions are inevitable, however, given that Canada is requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling into the country. Since the Jays will be playing all road games in the United States, there is little choice for them but to be restricted to their hotel and the ballpark after arriving back in the country after playing games in the states.
As Harrington notes, Buffalo is not an ideal option given the less-than-major-league-level lighting and clubhouse space present in the Triple-A park, so it would not be ideal. Like everyone else these days, however, the Buffalo Blue Jays — er, I’m sorry, the Toronto Blue Jays — have little choice but to scramble.