Blue Jay Tenders (Y’know, Like Chicken Tenders, Only Not Just A Fancy Name For Reconstituted Meat)
At the start of the day yesterday the contract status of eight Jays players was unresolved: Casey Janssen, Carlos Villanueva, Brandon Morrow, Jesse Litsch, Colby Rasmus, Dustin McGowan, and the newly-acquired Jeff Mathis and Ben Francisco all were eligible for arbitration, but had yet to be tendered contracts.
Over the course of the day the Jays avoided arbitration with three: Jeff Mathis signed a one-year deal for $1.5-million, Jesse Litch agreed to come back on a one-year deal at $975K, and Dustin McGowan will be back on a one-year at $600K (per the club).
None of the players was non-tendered, meaning that the Jays are in line to go to arbitration with the others if nothing can be worked out. Of course, the Jays seem to loathe going to arbitration with their players– and for good reason, seeing as it requires clubs to absolutely shit on their players as best they can, in order to convince the arbitrator that he’s not worth his asking price– so it would be rather surprising if they actually ended up going through the process with any of them.
Anthopoulos Says Some Stuff
GM Alex Anthopoulos had a conference call with reporters yesterday, speaking about the Ben Francisco trade, and pretty much nothing else. He claims that the club is comfortable with carrying five outfielders next season, meaning Bautista, Rasmus, whichever youngster wins the job in left, and Francisco and Davis on the bench. Of course, what the hell was he going to say? “Oh, we’re totally going to move at least one of these guys before the winter’s through!”
I’d be shocked if the Opening Day roster actually included five outfielders, and my early guess is that the one-dimensional Rajai Davis is the most likely to go. Of course, if something big comes along, I don’t think Anthopoulos would be opposed to parting with one of Thames or Snider either.
Because of the acquisitions of Ben Francisco– for non-40-man prospect Frank Gailey– and Jim Hoey off waivers, the Jays needed to free up some roster space, so they outrighted Brian Jeroloman and the recently-acquired Drew Carpenter to triple-A.
Several interesting names weren’t tendered contracts by their club, making them free agents. Hong-Chih Kuo, ex- of the Dodgers, and Jose Mijares, formerly of the Twins, are a pair of lefty relievers I’d suspect the Jays may look at. Kuo, however, is still being considered for a return to Los Angeles, according to MLBTR, who non-tendered him largely because they’re not sure he even wants to keep playing after a terrible 2011 season that was plagued by anxiety disorder.