The Blue Jays have in their fold arbitration-eligible centre fielder Colby Rasmus for the next three seasons, high-end prospect Anthony Gose, who will likely patrol centre for triple-A Las Vegas next year, and lower level potential CF stud Jake Marisnick, who took a big step forward at Lansing this season, and should find himself at high-A Dunedin in 2012.
So… you could say that they’re pretty set in centre, right?
I’d say so. Yet, there they were this afternoon, being included by Yahoo’s Tim Brown among the teams whose scouts attended open workouts in the Dominican Republic for Cuban free agent Yoennis Cespedes– a centre fielder who Kevin Goldstien of Baseball Prospectus and Brown’s Yahoo colleague Jeff Passan figure will receive something in the neighbourhood of the $30-million deal Aroldins Chapman got from the Reds two winters ago, and who Goldstien calls “arguably the best all-around player to come out of Cuba in a generation.”
Obviously I don’t bring this up to shit on the fact that the Jays even bothered. Actually, it’s a little bit fantastic that the club is going to do their homework on any and all possible free agents– and let’s not fail to recognize that whatever homework is being done now doesn’t stop having value once a player signs elsewhere; it can help from an advance scouting perspective, or if the player is ever involved in trade. And let’s say the Jays saw in Cespedes something they truly wanted and felt would be worth the ultimate asking price. There’s no reason not to go after him knowing full well that if he made someone extraneous, that guy could be quite easily traded.
No, the reason I bring it up is because it illustrates what’s going to be a common theme this off-season– and every off-season in which Alex Anthopoulos and his monster scouting department are in charge of the Jays– which is that the Jays are going to do their due diligence on just about everybody available, and subsequently they’re going to be labelled as interested in everybody available, which really isn’t the case. This, and the rumbling from Buster Olney earlier today about them being aggressive on closers, won’t be the last time we hear the Jays linked to a player who it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to chase.
Bullshit season is in full swing.
And shit! Just in case the Cespedes stuff didn’t illustrate my point well enough, we have Jon Heyman of
Boras Corp. Sports Illustrated tweeting that the Braves are looking for a “Greinke-like deal” for Jair Jurrjens, and that the Jays are among eight teams who might be contemplate what it would take to acquire the pitcher who Drew completely scared everyone off of this morning over at Getting Blanked. Merry Bullshitmas!