Things are already starting to happen at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, and I don’t just mean Jon Heyman of SI doing the dirty work for Scott Boras, putting the neither confirm nor deny Jays in on just about everybody. Like Prince Fielder! Again!
The Jays have plenty of spending money, he tweets. And they “do appear to be” in the market for Prince Fielder.
Oh, and it isn’t at all suspicious that superagent Scott Boras, who Heyman is believed to be quite cozy with, represents Fielder. Doesn’t serve the interests of Boras to grow the perceived market for his client by throwing a team with a no-comment policy on all rumours and untapped financial resources into the mix, right?
He also wants Albert Pujols to produce his birth certificate, because “skepticism abounds” over his real age, for what that’s worth.
But at least Heyman isn’t just taking his reports from @IncarceratedBob, who supposedly (I can’t tell because his tweets are protected) had the “info” about the Jays and Fielder that Matt Loede passed along, uncredited.
And it’s infinitely better than the ass clown posing as ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, using a double underscore to make his account look that close to authentic, making up fake deals, tweeting them out with no hint of a wink, then trying to claim it’s all in good fun. What an idiot.
Meanwhile, Maury Brown of the Business of Sports Network and lookin’ way cooler than I expected Maury Brown was tweets a picture of the MLB Network set that’s already up in the hotel lobby in Dallas. Oh yes, people are arriving, and doings are transpiring.
We’ve also got Buster Olney of ESPN, tweeting about the reinstatement of Manny Ramirez, who he thinks will get a non-roster invite to Spring Training from someone– though he’s all but certain that you can rule out all of the National League and most of the American. The only teams he sees who might have interest: Tampa, Baltimore, Seattle and (yep) Toronto. MLBTR has the details.
And Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets about the suitors for CJ Wilson, mercifully not including the Jays among them for once.
Bluebird Banter looks at the Jays’ history in trades, free agent signings, and Rule 5 picks.
Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports thinks the Jays will “almost certainly” submit a bid for Yu Darvish. Well… yeah.
And Richard Griffin tweets that “for those that don’t believe” the Jays are in on Yu Darvish, Alex Anthopoulos was swarmed with cameras by Japanese reporters as he strolled the lobby of the Anatole Hotel where the meetings are being held.
Armadillos give you leprosy. No, really.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post thinks the Yankees won’t break the bank on a pitcher this winter because they want to have a $189-million payroll in 2014, which will be the new luxury tax threshold. He also mentions a new mechanism in the CBA designed to keep clubs in large markets, like Toronto and Washington, from receiving revenue sharing dollars. Fair enough.
In the same piece, Sherman says he feels “organizations like the Marlins and the Blue Jays” will “dominate the Winter Meetings.”
We shall see…