Last night's report by Fox 29's Howard Eskin that the Phillies were "deep" in discussions with the Toronto Blue Jays about trading Domonic Brown towards Jose Bautista caused a lot of Phillies fervor on the internet.
Today, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports squashed the rumor:
just to clear something up, #blueJays arent trading jose bautista for dom brown. not even close.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 13, 2013
I doubt the idea of the trade is totally made up. I think what Phillies fans can get from this is that 1) The Phillies do need to get right-handed and 2) Domonic Brown is indeed on the table as a potential trade chip.
People like to hate on Howard Eskin, but he has been in the business a long time. Remember, it was a San Francisco television sports anchor that originally reported the Hunter Pence trade. While others snickered he happened to be right. That doesn't mean that Eskin is, but I would not be surprised if the two teams did not have discussions.
The General Manager meetings in Orlando continue, so expect some more rumors this week.