Since we’ve rather openly mocked the fact that Darren Oliver is the most expensive free agent the Jays have signed since David Eckstein– David Eckstein!– I suppose it’s only fair to point out that, in a way, he’s actually coming at a higher price than the $4.5-million he’ll be guaranteed– per MLBTR‘s Tim Dierkes Dierkes Dierkes– as the Jays have designated Mark Teahen for assignment in order to make room for Oliver on their 40-man roster.
Of course, in another, entirely more true way, Teahen was sunk cost long before Oliver had ever even heard of the Jays.
Teahen– read: Teahen’s salary– was acquired from Chicago in the July three-team deal that netted the Jays Colby Rasmus. The writing on the wall seemed to come for him when the Jays dealt for Ben Francisco last month, and Alex Anthopoulos told reporters that he wasn’t opposed to carrying five outfielders on the active roster. The $5.5-million owed to him will be eaten by the club, and while it’s far too small a sum to point to as evidence that Rogers is doing right by the Jays, or anything like that, it’s… something.
Teahen, for his part, was classy about his exit, tweeting: “BlueJays are a class org. Players & Coaches r great & Alex A is a man of his word. Excited 4 bigger role elsewhere but thankful 4 time n TO”.