More from Jayson Stark... this time from what I just saw him say on ESPNEWS. With the Jason Bay trade to the Red Sox(aka the Manny trade) appearing to be dead, there's still plenty of interest for the slugging Canadian left fielder. In fact, he might be headed back to Canada to play for the Blue Jays as Stark says they're in talks with the Pirates. They're also very interested in Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez, who would be a good run-producer in the middle of the order, and a 2 month rental as he's a free agent at the end of the year. The Cubs have been in discussions for the 36-year-old Ibanez as well. He's hitting .279, with 15 homers, 62 RBI in an awful lineup, and has an .810 OPS. Not bad in the pitcher's park that is Safeco Field.
The Blue Jays are currently 9.5 games out of the division, and 6.5 out of the Wild Card with 5 teams in front of them, so it's a bit surprising they appear to be buyers right now.