Blue Jays talk trade with Brewers in Nashville

By: Bob Elliott

Canadian Baseball Network

NASHVILLE _ The Blue Jays have been talking trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Jays asked about shortstop Jean Segura, 25 and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, 29.

Segura batted .257 with six homers, 50 RBIs and a .616 OPS. He is eligible for salary arbitration this off season.

The Brewers need help at first, third and in centre field. The Jays might have a fit what with three possible outfielders with Ben Revere, Michael Saunders of Victoria, B.C. and Mississauga’s Dalton Pompey.

Lucroy hit .264 with seven homers, 43 RBIs and a .717 OPS. The Brewers told the Jays they are not interested in moving their catcher.

BOUNCING BACK: Losing out on right-hander Zack Greinke the Los Angeles Dodgers bounced back acquiring Cincinnati Reds lefty closer Aroldis Chapman and signing Seattle Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Dodgers sent two prospects to the Reds for 100-mph man Chapman, 27 (4-4, 1.63 ERA, 33 saves) with 33 walks, 116 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings last season.

Iwakuma, 34, finished his fourth season (9-5, 3.54) with the Mariners, walking 21 and striking out 111 in 129 23 innings. 

SPEND, SPEND, SPENNNND? Manager John Gibbons was asked the frustration from the fan base since the organization hadn’t spent a lot this off-season and whether he was expecting more?

“I didn’t know what was going to happen, to be honest,” Gibbons said. “You look at it, and we have a good ball club. Really we just need some minor tinkering here and there.”

Gibbons pointed out how the off season was not over and there was plenty of time to make additions.

“The fans’ reaction, that’s natural,” Gibbons said, “Everybody probably reacted that way. People  wanted David Price back. That didn’t happen. So we’ve got to adjust, we’ve still got to respond.

“It’s still a business. Boston just blew him out of the water.”

RELIEVERS OFF THE MARKET: The Jays spoke to agents for relievers Mark Lowe and Joakim Soria (“we basically spoke to the guys who represent every reliever,” said senior vice president Tony LaCava). 

Lowe, acquired by the Jays from the Seattle Mariners while earning $750,000, signed a two-year, $13 million deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Soria signed a three-year $25 million deal with the Kansas City Royals. 

ZERO ELECTED TO HALL: Depending upon which historian you spoke to Doc Adams was either THE man who created the game itself (the shortstop position, nine-inning games and 90 foot base paths) or a member of one of the first teams.

Adams came up two votes short of the required 12 to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as the pre-integration era committee finalized balloting for its 2015 election of players, managers and executives. No one from the pre-Jackie Robinson days was elected.

Bill Dahlen and Harry Stovey each received eight votes. Also on the ballot were Sam Breadon, Wes Ferrell, August Herrmann, Marty Marion, Frank McCormick, Chris von der Ahe and Bucky Walters.

No one was elected a year ago in San Diego.

Chicago Cubs great Ron Santo was elected in 2011, former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White were elected in 2012, managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were elected two years.

Despite the back-to-back shutouts, the Hall is pleased with the system.

“We review the way we hold our elections and we still feel very, very confident that reviewing by era is the best way to give the candidates a fair review,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “The fact that there is a review. The fact that the candidates are thoroughly vetted — simply upholds the high standards that existed for years.”

The 16-member pre-integration era committee was comprised of Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Bobby Cox, Pat Gillick and Phil Niekro; major league execs Chuck Armstrong, Bill DeWitt, Gary Hughes and Tal Smith; and media members Steve Hirdt, Toronto-born historian Peter Morris of Lansing, Mich., Jack O’Connell, Claire Smith, Tim Sullivan, T.R. Sullivan, Gary Thorne and Tim Wendel. 

CHECKING IN: An Arizona Diamondbacks scout was spotted checking in with his luggage and a plastic 7-11 bag. “What’s in the bag? We signed Zach Greinke, I had to bring my lunch from home,” joked the scout. The DBacks signed Greinke to a six-year $206.5 million deal.