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December 14, 2009 at 4:35 PM

The Toronto side of the Cliff Lee deal

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AP is now reporting that the commissioner’s office granted that 72-hour negotiation window to the Phillies and Roy Halladay yesterday, meaning it’s been in place for a bit of time and explains why Halladay is now in Philadelphia.
We’re getting indications that this whole Cliff Lee trade won’t be announced before Wednesday at the earliest. We told you earlier that Phillippe Aumont was going to be part of any package the Mariners sent out, and that looks to be holding up as a slew of names come out as to the prospects to be included in the three-way.
I can tell you a few things about what the Blue Jays are looking for. Namely, a major league ready corner outfielder. The Jays have Adam Lind, who, as an outfielder, makes a fine DH. That’s a big reason the Jays were holding out for Phils outfield prospect Domonic Brown as opposed to Michael Taylor. Brown is the more major league ready of the two, where Taylor is a year or more away.
But the Phillies, we keep hearing, don’t want to part with Brown.
So, can we think of a major league ready corner outfielder who could help the Blue Jays?
Yeah, that Michael Saunders guy.
He’s already played a half season in the majors, makes Lind look like a pylon defensively and — bonus — he’s Canadian, too.
No, the Jays have not made a habit out of acquiring Canadian players. In fact, I’ve easily seen more bona fide Canadian prospects and players here in Seattle during my three-plus years covering the Mariners than I did in nine seasons following the Blue Jays for the Toronto Star.
But let’s not forget, the Blue Jays have a new GM, Alex Anthopoulos, the first Montreal native to run an MLB team. Could be that Anthopoulos and Canadian-born Jays president Paul Beeston are looking to put more of a premium on such players if they have a chance to acquire them.
Not that they’ll take anyone with a birth certificate from north of the border (and no, I’m not going back there, you’re stuck with me). But if the right players are there, fill a need and happen to be Canadian, yeah, it makes for an easier sell to fans, especially if it’s a popular guy like Roy Halladay being traded.
Anyhow, something to ponder as we wait for more news to come down the pipe. I know that Aumont is part of this deal. I’m not saying Saunders is as well, just telling you what I know as far as the Blue Jays’ needs are. We’ll see whether Saunders stays or goes.
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