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…
Cody Ross is looking for a three-year, $25-million deal– which is actually even less than what the contract crowdsourcing project at FanGraphs had, though considerably more than the $14-million over two years predicted by Jim Bowden at ESPN.com (Insider only).
Speaking of money, though it’s not on MLBTR, yet, Shi Davidi has a new one up at Sportsnet, where he perhaps tries to allay some of the fears stoked by his piece of last week, in which he spitballed around a projected payroll of $90-$95-million. This time around he makes a similar calculation, but leaves more possibilities open, wondering if the ceiling will be at $90-, $95-, or even $100-million– which would leave Alex Anthopoulos over $20-million with which to add talent, he figures. “Understandably,” he adds, seeming to make clear that the too-rampant speculation from last week that he must know given his position at Rogers’ own network, “the Blue Jays are keeping their payroll and how much they have to spend quiet.”
By way of Davidi we also learn that the Mariners have claimed Scott Cousins and his amazing ability to quote movies on waivers from the Jays. The Jays seem to be trying to stuff Buffalo with as much depth as possible by claiming everyone and then trying to sneak them through waivers to Triple-A. Can’t say it’s the worst idea, even if it’s… y’know… whatever.
Buster Olney has some tidbits in his latest, including the fact that Jeremy Bonderman is hoping to make a comeback (please no, Alex), and that the Cubs may have nix their deal for Dan Haren last week because of health concerns. It certainly makes sense that something could be far worse with the pitcher than the public has been led to believe– the fact that the Angels were so eager to ditch him, despite having only two-fifths of their rotation remaining under contract, is kinda a red flag.
The Red Sox are reportedly interested in Torii Hunter, who would also look OK on the Jays, but… not so much on the turf at SkyDome, and not for a team that’s now slid below Baltimore on the desirability scale. Ugh.
The Rockies managerial search appears to be going swimmingly, unlike ours, where we’re not accepting unsolicited resumes from the likes of Art Howe, apparently. Sure, why not?
The Mets are hopeful that they’ll be able to extend David Wright and RA Dickey, rather than trading them away, but on the off chance he becomes available, it sure would be fun to see Dickey somehow end up here. It won’t happen, of course, but hey… we still have some time to dream, don’t we?
According to Cubs GM Jed Hoyer, thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement, the off-season may move along more quickly than usual this year. But hey, who needs a manager, amiright?
OK, given as much as I’m shitting on the Jays for their lack of movement, I should probably point out that the Red Sox are still without a pitching coach or a hitting coach, as well.
Ugh, not this again: according to the White Sox new GM Rick Hahn, the club may be dealing from their starting pitching surplus this winter– and Gavin Floyd’s name gets floated out there. Double ugh.