Former ESPNet Sportszone movie reviewer and tertiary Mitchell Report character Gregg Zaun is pleased with the way he has performed as member of the Toronto Blue Jays and is ready to move on if traded. He's sad about losing playing time to Rod Barajas and would like to move on to a contender.
That's all news to Toronto general manager and Adam Dunn detractor J.P. Ricciardi who can't even get rid of Zaun for two quarters on the dollar:
"We're aware that Zaunie is unhappy," Ricciardi told MLB.com. "We wish he wouldn't go through the media with it. We wish he would come to us, especially knowing we have a good relationship. Unfortunately, right now, there are no takers for him. If there are, we'll definitely oblige him.
"I think we've been a little bit more proactive than maybe Zaunie thinks. Part of making a trade is someone has to want you. Right now, there's no one that has expressed an interest in him. That's where we're at."
Um, I don't like Gregg Zaun very much and think he's below average for even a backup catcher in the majors. But damn, he can still catch a fastball. And he knows how to put on the catchers gear. And he can kinda sorta hit. That's gotta be worth something. Teams like the Yankees, Mets, and Marlins could use a new catcher and there are not many of 'em on the ol' trading block. You mean to tell me that NOBODY wants a 37-year-old catcher who spent time on the DL this year with a throwing arm injury? Oh.
(We owe a Coca Cola Classic to Fifth Outfielder)