Source: Jays Don't Expect Any Trades this Weekend

InsideTheDome learned Saturday afternoon that internet rumors that state the Blue Jays and Red Sox are in discussions about outfielder Manny Ramirez were very premature. A source close to the American League East and with knowledge of the Manny Ramirez situation told ITD that J.P. Ricciardi's call to Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein was just to explore the situation and never got past the preliminary stage.

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Boston is looking for three to four major league ready players, and the Blue Jays are not a fit.

The same source told InsideTheDome that he does not expect the Blue Jays to make any major moves by tomorrow's deadline, and possibly no move at all. Ricciardi believes the team has a good nucleus and is more of a buyer than a seller in this deadline. Toronto is 52-50 and in third place in the AL East, five games behind Boston and 2.5 games behind the Yankees for the AL Wild Card. The Blue Jays have thirteen games left against the Yankees, and seven games left against the Red Sox this season and certainly are not out of this race and are flying under the radar.

"J.P. wants to keep his team in tact this weekend" the source said. "He tried hard to acquire some pitching earlier this month but those deals never came together."

Earlier this month the Texas Rangers were trying to acquire Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays, however, Ricciardi emphatically said ‘no' to the Rangers, and rumors that Shea Hillenbrand could be traded to the Angels appear to be just that. Ricciardi tried to acquire A.J. Burnett to strengthen his top of the rotation pitching but the Marlins were asking for too much in return.

"If the Jays are still this close come the middle and end of August then it will be more feasible for them to take a risk and try to make a waiver move to acquire that extra pitcher they are looking for."

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