11:07 am: First off, we were in a breakfast meeting. And not a lot was accomplished, aside from possibly giving ourself food poisoning. That much animal product on a plate in a crappy part of town is no one's idea of smart.
All of this to say, we flip on the Blackberry, and there's a flurry in a hurry of tweets about the Kenny-Ken-Ken Rosenthal tweet claiming the Jays are about to trade some relief pitcher for Somewhat-Canadian Mark Teahen! Well, pour some maple syrup on my Gladys, and cover me in cheese curds! (Also involved: Edwin Jackson. Some pitcher we guess.)
The presumption is that Edwin Jackson will be spun off elsewhere, but we think you all know what happens when you presume. You make a "pre" out of...hmm...this was funnier when Benny Hill said it.
Rapid analysis: We said in the offseason that we couldn't imagine Jason Frasor staying with the team for long, and though he has been effective, getting any asset that has MLB-potential and is younger than the Sausage King is a move towards where the team wants to go.
E-Jax is one of those classic "We Can Fix Him" pitchers, whose stuff is electric and who still seems as though he has yet to reach his ceiling. Jackson's also posting a 3.43 xFIP this year, which is actually better than Ricky Romero's. You could look it up.
Also: Mark Teahen is pretend-Canadian.
11:24 am - The Rasmus Thing: Kenny's colleague Jon Paul Morosi floats the notion that the Jays would be looking at flipping Edwin Jackson for Colby Rasmus. SOMEONE GETZ ME TEH SMELLIN' SALTZ!!
11:46 am - Rosenthal tweets: "#BlueJays surely sending more than EJax, potential FA, to #Cardinals for Rasmus, who is under control for 3 more yrs. #tradedeadline #MLB"
Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!! Rasmus!!!
12:04 pm - ESPN's Buster Onley reports that Zach Stewart was part of the E-Jax/SecretCanuck trade, along with Jason Frasor. So one of the Jays' top ten prospects is now gone. (There's an argument as to whether if Stewart would have been a top ten prospect next year, we supposed. Still. You gotta give something to get something.)
12:46 pm - At this point, a multitude of outlets have the Rasmus deal happening, with Marc Rzepczynski headed to St. Louis along with Jackson. Possibly Dotel as well.
Colby! Colby! Colby! OOOOH!
3:51 PM - We'll compose ourselves over the next few hours and pull together something a little more coherent and a little less fanboy-ish.