[Toronto’s] general manager J.P. Ricciardi shot down reports that he was interested in acquiring shortstop Jack Wilson from the Pittsburgh Pirates …
The Blue Jays have been linked to Wilson in the past and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that they and the Pirates were in preliminary talks.
“We have absolutely no interest in Jack Wilson,” said Ricciardi. “None.”
And as far as Troy Glaus is concerned:
“Obviously you’ve got teams in front of you [in the playoff race] but maybe we can cut that down. But more importantly we want to see what our team looks like when it is together.” …
The report out of Pittsburgh said the Pirates had inquired about [Glaus] but were rebuffed.
“I like our team, I feel strongly about it,” said Ricciardi. “I want to see this team play.”
So, we can take this a few ways:
- J.P. Ricciardi’s being untruthful—not necessarily lying, but not looking to show his hand, either. After all, leverage is important in trade talks.
- Ricciardi realized just how difficult negotiations with Dave Littlefield could be. “What for Wilson,” asks J.P. “Do you still have Joe Carter?” D’oh.
- He’s being 100 percent honest. It’s not unreasonable to think that a front office may have planted misinformation in the media in order to influence the market one way or another, and that the Jays never liked Wilson.
No matter what, as Dejan wrote previously it seems as if a Wilson trade would be best suited for the off-season. Then, the Blue Jays wouldn’t be only team looking for a shortstop. And it’s safe to say you can cross Glaus off the wish list, too. (But you’d probably already done that.)
As if in an attempt to quash all Pirate trade buzz in one fell swoop, The Boston Globe says the Sox might pass on Salomon Torres:
One possible deal floating around was a Wily Mo Pena-for-Salomon Torres swap. But the Sox really don’t need the 35-year-old reliever, who hasn’t had the best of years. The Pirates need more of a sure thing than Pena. It doesn’t sound as if lefty Damaso Marte is going anywhere soon unless Littlefield gets knocked off his feet with a hitter. “He’s had phenomenal year,” Littlefield said.
Could the Pirates’ current roster remain intact past the July 31 deadline?