There are rumours afloat now that the Pirates and Jays are talking about a Jason Bay trade now that the three way Manny-Hermida-Bay-and-prospects-for-all deal seems to be withering away.
ESPN's Jason Stark says that the Jays would need to cough up a package of three prospects, including Travis Snider, while RotoWorld floated a notion of Adam Lind and Brett Cecil.
We love Bay, but this seems like a strange and desperate move, should the Jays proceed. Then again, Bay's a good middle-of-the-order bat and is signed through next year.
Updatery, 3:18 pm: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's indefatigable Dejan Kovacevic (via RotoWorld) reports that the inquiries consisted of one call, where the Bucs asked for Lind and Shaun Marcum, and the Jays wisely declined.
And for those of you playing the home game: this is why the Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992.
More Updatery, 3:31 pm: Jeff Blair, apparently on break from packing for Beijing, is on top of rumours at the Globe's Baseball Blog. Among the hot rumours: Raul Ibanez. And it's quite the indictment of the Jays' offensive woes that we're vaguely excited about the idea.
5 minutes to the deadline update: Jason Stark says the Ibanez deal's dead, but that it had be a 2-for-1 with all MLB players. Also, the Rays may not have a deal done for Bay. Which is good, because our general distaste for the Rays has morphed into outright hatred over the past week.
Et enfin, 17h26: Manny to the Dodgers. Bay to the Red Sox. Prospects to the Pirates. Oddly enough, we're happier that Bay is shipping up to Boston. That's how much we've come to hate the Rays.