I still can’t say for certain that this will become a regular feature around here for the early winter (looking like it, though, huh?), but again today, with all kinds of movement happening on the trade and free agent markets, and all kinds of decisions being made on players throughout the league who may wind up having some bearing on the Jays’ plans for the off-season, I think it will be a valuable exercise to comb through the latest from the astonishingly fantastic and comprehensive MLB Trade Rumors and add some Jays-related context to whatever is going on out there…
Not sure what the fuck is taking so long– well, OK, the fact that he’s managing in the AFL might make the logistics difficult– but apparently the Jays have yet to even schedule an interview with Matt Williams. In fact, they haven’t even formally asked for permission, they’ve just “kicked the tires.” Um… figure it the fuck out, Alex.
Oakland has re-signed suspended starter Bartolo Colon, in a somewhat surprising move. This immediately adds to the A’s rotation depth, making it all the more possible that they’ll deal from it at some point this winter– perhaps to address their hole at short and to add a live-armed prospect. Hmmm…
Colon’s deal, reportedly, won’t stop the A’s from trying to re-sign Brandon McCarthy, who the Jays are reportedly interested in. There are injury red flags, sure, but there are damn red flags on just about every free agent out there this year, and I’d be all for McCarthy bringing his Twitter wit to Toronto, and maybe getting some of his teammates to step up their (Twitter) game.
It’s official, the Red Sox and David Ortiz will continue that little arrangement where he’s the face of their franchise. Last year would have been the time to do it, but as you may recall, nobody was willing to go multi-year with him, especially at the cost of a draft pick.
Josh Hamilton is asking for a ridiculous amount of money. Specifically, seven years and $175-million. Hey, it can’t hurt to ask, but holy shit, that’s a scary proposition for a guy who put his fucking horrific approach on full-on display in the second half, who folks whispered about not having his head in the game, and who isn’t very likely to be putting in 130+ games per year by the end of that deal… or the beginning. And, y’know, there’s also that other stuff.
As you’ve surely heard by now, Dan Haren is a free agent, after a lopsided trade that would have sent him to Chicago for Carlos Marmol fell through, and the Angels apparently had nothing else in the queue that tickled their fancy enough to not just eat Haren’s $3.5-million buyout and set him free. Odd. And I can’t help but wonder if a club is going to end up paying more for him in total than it would have cost to replace whoever they would have given up trade to get him for one year– the contract crowdsourcing project at FanGraphs figured on 3/36 for him. The Red Sox, Nick Cafardo notes in the piece I linked to at the start of this paragraph, reportedly tried to move Alfredo Aceves– who is very available– for him.
Aaaand… that’s really about it. Or do you want me to bother mentioning stuff like the Rays’ re-signing of Joel Peralta? Yep. It’s slow.