We’ve still got plenty to catch up on in the wake of the Farrell mess, but while I’ve been procrastinating on putting together a roundup of links, or transcribing whatever non-verbiage came from the mouth of Alex Anthopoulos yesterday– or assuring myself I wouldn’t bother to pay attention to today’s Farrell presser in Boston– some genuine, actual, off-season rumour mill grist has actually begun to leak our way in earnest.
Specifically, TR Sullivan, Rangers beat writer for MLB.com, has noticed that the Jays have a pair of decent, young catchers, while the Rangers only have the empty shell that used to be Geovany Soto, and free-agent-to-be Mike Napoli, which makes the two clubs potential trade partners.
Oddly, Sullivan frames the report around the fact that the Jays added to their catching depth yesterday, acquiring Bobby Wilson on waivers from Anaheim, which seems more like a nothing depth move to me, but he’s certainly not wrong that– for all their public pronouncements to the contrary– it’s going to be very tempting for the Jays to deal one of their young catchers this off-season.
JP Arencibia– who, incidentally, caught some flack on Twitter last night from those who aren’t quite so easily duped by cynical opportunists– would represent an upgrade at the position for the Rangers, Sullivan suspects, while he thinks the Jays might have interest in starting pitching, like Derek Holland or Alexei Ogando.
Sullivan also suggests that the Jays could potentially give up d’Arnaud, who he tells us “one baseball official compared D’Arnaud to Giants catcher Buster Posey,” and throws Jurickson Profar’s name into the mix– the Rangers’ stellar shortstop prospect.
Sure, Sullivan is just entertaining his own thoughts here, but that didn’t stop someone from asking about the hypothetical on Twitter, and having Jim Callis of Baseball America throw cold water on it:
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) October 22, 2012
Now, last year we heard a lot of chatter about the club having all kinds of money to spend, and we know how that went, so I don’t think it would be particularly useful to go ahead and start assuming that the club will really pull the trigger on a deal involving one of their catchers– and given how their last deal with Texas went, I’m not sure the Jays will be eager to jump back into that pond– but… sure, it could be a thing. Maybe. Eventually. Though I doubt it is at the moment.
So… there’s that.