Jayson Stark has a couple interesting Jays-related tidbits in his latest effort for ESPN.com, noting that some GMs believe the club, as constituted, are a World Series threat, and that Alex Anthopoulos is open to bringing more players into camp.
Let’s start with the second thing first. Stark writes that he “heard a rumor the other day that the Blue Jays could have some interest in a right-handed bat such as Vladimir Guerrero’s or possibly Magglio Ordonez’s.” This jibes with the rumours we’d heard a few weeks back that they were also interested in the right-handed bat of Manny Ramirez, before he signed on with Oakland.
Stark asked Anthopoulos if he considered himself done adding pieces to his roster, and the GM was typically non-committal, explaining that “we don’t have any talks going on with anyone. But if somebody were to fall in our lap, would we take a look at it? Yes.”
“If someone were to say, ‘I want to come in to camp on a minor league deal,’ we’d say we’re open to pretty much anybody,” Anthopoulos clarified. “But in terms of adding a free agent on a guaranteed contract, we won’t be doing that.”
The other interesting tidbit involved Stark’s contemplating the number of teams with a legitimate chance to win the World Series. He figured twelve, ESPN Radio’s John Kincade said eleven, and in thinking about it, he decided to informally poll [Note: rawwwr!] five GMs, who ended up naming nineteen teams in total. While the Jays weren’t among the twelve agreed upon by all five, they were among the clubs receiving at least one vote.
Plan the parade!
So… there’s that.