The winter meetings officially start tomorrow, and already the deals are starting to happen. The Milwaukee Journal is reporting that there is a deal in place between the Brewers and the Jays that would send righthander Shaun Marcum to the Brewers for a package of minor leaguers, including Canadian second baseman Brett Lawrie. Neither GM would comment on the potential deal.
If the Blue Jays are really dealing Marcum to Milwaukee I can't help but wonder, are they really serious players for Zach Greinke? To me, if the Blue Jays were serious about acquiring Greinke, it would indicate that they are intending to make a run in 2011, or 2012, and you would want Marcum there for that. It's been heavily rumored in the last few weeks that the Jays have been in talks with the Royals about acquiring Greinke's services, but any deal involving Greinke would involve some high level prospects headed back to KC. Is the Marcum deal a way of replenishing the farm so you can do the Greinke deal? It depends on what is being packaged with Lawrie. Who is going to replace Marcum in the rotation? Is there a prospect in Milwaukee that KC wants? The heavy rumor is that the Royals want Kyle Drabek, and Travis Snider back in return from Toronto. Alex Anthopoulos has also contacted KC about third baseman Alex Gordon. Could he be heading back to Toronto as well? Time will tell. Any deal involving Toronto and Kansas City is pure speculation at this point. Personally, I don't think Alex Anthopoulos would make a trade for Greinke to try and make a run this year if Marcum isn't a part of that rotation. However, I could be wrong. Wouldn't be the first time, and certainly wouldn't be the last.
I just can't see Alex Anthopoulos dealing Marcum unless he knew who was going to fill that role in the Blue Jays rotation. I don't think Anthopoulos is done. I think the Marcum deal is just the beginning.
It's going to be a fun week.