To add on to the Schoeneweis deal, according to Rosenthal 3 teams were interested in Scott (BoSox, Yankees, Reds):
The Yankees and Red Sox, bracing for their five-game weekend showdown, both showed interest in the Blue Jays' Scott Schoeneweis, a left-handed relief specialist.
But the Reds, true to form under first-year general manager Wayne Krivsky, moved more aggressively, acquiring Schoeneweis on Wednesday for cash or a player to be named.
"I talked to three teams and said, ‘Whoever wants the player can have him,'" Jays G.M. J.P. Ricciardi told FOXSports.com. "Wayne Krivsky said, ‘I'll take him right now.'
"It wasn't like the Yankees and Red Sox were beating down our doors for him. They showed some interest, but not enough to pull the trigger. Krivsky wanted him a little bit more."
Schoeneweis, the seventh reliever acquired by Krivsky since July 7, is expected to fill the role vacated by Kent Mercker, who needs season-ending elbow-ligament transplant surgery.
After a strong season for the Jays in 2005, Schoeneweis' ERA has more than doubled in ‘06, going from 3.32 to 6.51.
Krivsky, however, said he valued Schoeneweis' experience, durability and groundball style, which could prove an asset at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.
"I've got a scout that has seen him quite a bit," Krivsky said. "He was comfortable with us getting him."
Schoeneweis' strikeout rate has fallen dramatically, and his opponents' on-base percentage is .350. But he has fared better against lefties, allowing no home runs in 74 at-bats.
Krivsky praised the Reds' new ownership for allowing him the financial latitude to continue overhauling his bullpen.
"Our ownership has done just what they said they'd do at the opening press conference – they said that if we were in it, they would step up, do what it takes," Krivsky said.
"Look at how tight this thing is. One or two transactions can mean the difference."
The Reds lead the National League wild-card race by one game.
The Red Sox and the Yankees only had marginal interest and didn't make an offer (good move IMO, considering Schoeneweis has been terrible this season), and Krivsky was the first guy to make an actual offer.
I do like this minor deal for the Jays as it does save us a little over half a million to use on next year's payroll.