Apparently the Blue Jays could be open to moving Lourdes Gurriel for pitching

When I wrote earlier today about Shi Davidi mentioning how teams around the league are kicking tires on Toronto’s young crop of catchers, I briefly mentioned how he cryptically brought up Lourdes Gurriel’s name in the discussion.

The interesting part here comes in the third paragraph, in which Davidi explicitly says that Toronto’s young catchers (I imagine this would be Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, but it could also involve names like Riley Adams and Alejandro Kirk in the minors) are garnering trade interest around the league. This comes after he offers a hypothetical situation in which the Jays trade Lourdes Gurriel after his strong-but-injury-shortened season in order to fill another position of need. I’m not sure there are any legs to the Gurriel thing beyond Davidi just offering an example, but the fact he suggests it and then says the young catchers are also garnering interest is somewhat interesting.
I figured there might be something to it, but really wanted to avoid being so desperate for off-season content that I wrote a post on the usage of the word also. Anyways, Scott Mitchell reported on Twitter today that Gurriel, in fact, is out there in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have a lot of catcher depth they could capitalize on

According to Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays could be exploring other avenues beyond free agency in order to upgrade their starting rotation. Specifically, they could sell high from a position of strength, such as their bevy of young catchers, in order to find more pitching.

I already touched on Davidi’s point in the Daily Duce on Saturday, but, since nothing else is going on right now, it’s probably worth a deeper exploration. Here’s what he said…
First, they’re looking at this week’s acquisition of righty Chase Anderson from the Milwaukee Brewers as a floor for the starting rotation, rather than a ceiling, an injection of stable innings providing a base while more impactful arms – at least one and up to three – are pursued.
Second, anything GM Ross Atkins and company have planned on the position player side is tied, to a degree, to what they do on the pitching end of things, and to how much more runway they want to provide to the players they already have in-house.
For example, if they traded someone like Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for a starting pitcher, they’d then need to suddenly jump into the free-agent market for …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation