Jays Remain Quiet at Deadline
J.P. Ricciardi

Posted Aug 2, 2005

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and the Toronto Blue Jays remain the same team. General Manager J.P. Ricciardi knew for a while that there was a good chance he would not make trade as July 31 approach with so many teams believing they have a shot of a playoff berth.

“J.P. tried to acquire A.J. [Burnett] during the middle of July, however, about ten days before the deadline it because obvious to him that Burnett was not going to get traded” one industry source told InsideTheDome Monday evening. “A lot of the General Manager never really intended to trade the players they were having discussions about unless they got a deal they couldn’t refuse.”

Most of the trade discussions Ricciardi was involved in included his major league veterans, the likes of Shea Hillenbrand, Frank Catalanotto and Miguel Batista. Ricciardi stated many times during the past week that he did not want to alter what the organization has worked hard at over the past couple of seasons to establish.

"We weren't really helping ourselves with the deals out there. We were going backwards a little bit," said Ricciardi. "We don't want to go backwards."

Although none of the Blue Jays major league players got traded they were never deemed untouchable. According to multiple sources Ricciardi would have pulled a trigger on a trade if it meant he was getting a big time pitching prospect back who was ‘very close’ to reach the majors.

The Texas Rangers showed lots of interest in Vernon Wells during the middle of July, but never really went back to Ricciardi on that topic after the General Manager told them he will not trade him on multiple occasions.

“He [Ricciardi] has been through the rebuilding process” said the source. “He doesn’t want to go through it again and he saw no point in trading a Shea Hillenbrand for example for two prospects that are in Single-A.”

Toronto is playing well and with approximately $160 million to spend over the next two seasons, and an above-average farm system the future is bright for the organization.

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