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Sources: Jays, Rockies talk Guthrie

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The Rockies want to trade right-hander Jeremy Guthrie. The Blue Jays want to boost their injury-depleted rotation.

Such are the makings of a possible trade.

While no deal appears imminent, the teams have discussed an exchange that would send Guthrie to the Jays, according to major league sources.

The Jays likely would assume a significant portion of Guthrie’s remaining salary — just under $5 million — in exchange for a lesser prospect, possibly Double-A first baseman Mike McDade, sources said.

Such a move would signal that the Jays, despite losing three starting pitchers to injuries in a span of four games last week, do not intend to concede their season.

The team currently is 6-1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the AL East and three behind the co-leaders for the wild cards, the Orioles and Rays.

A Guthrie trade is but one option for both the Rockies and Jays.

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The Rockies also are discussing Guthrie with other clubs, and the Jays also are exploring deals for other starting pitchers, sources said.

If the Jays acquired a veteran starter and later fell out of contention, they could always attempt to flip that pitcher before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Guthrie, 33, is 3-6 with a 7.02 ERA this season, but has had worse results at Coors Field (9.53 ERA) than on the road (4.70). He also was out from April 28 to May 15 due to a right shoulder sprain that he suffered in a biking accident. He has made seven starts since returning, and his health does not appear to be an issue.

The Rockies acquired Guthrie from the Orioles on Feb. 6 for right-handers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Guthrie had decent success pitching in the AL East, averaging 196-2/3 innings and producing a 4.12 ERA with the Orioles from 2007 to ’11.

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