Maybe there really is something to the notion that we haven’t even yet seen the top of the Jays’ payroll mountain, because while you were out arguing about how it’s absurd for anyone to believe that Miguel Cabrera– incredible season as he had, and incredible achievement as the Triple Crown is (albeit one that does precisely nothing to demonstrate a player’s Ultimate Value, and one only made possible by something as quaint as whichever long-dead scribe coined it choosing to use RBIs as one of it’s three pillars, rather than a stat with actual meaning or that Cabrera didn’t happen to lead in)– had anything close to a better season than Mike Trout, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was doing the lord’s work, laying this one on us:
#BlueJays fans: Teams prefer to go into seasons with MORE than five starters. Again, Jays want one more.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 16, 2012
Now, as we’ve long understood, wanting something and actually being able to get it are two very different things, but all of a sudden such notions have been turned completely on their head when it comes to this team and their ownership. As explained in the previous post, Globe business writers Paul Waldie and Grant Robertson have reported that Rogers management has already cleared the way for the Jays to take their payroll up to $120-million– or about $10-million above where it sits in the wake of this deal.
Obviously that doesn’t leave a lot of room to go fishing for the Zack Greinkes of the world, and with so much escalating money now committed to Buehrle and Reyes, the notion of another big-time back-loaded deal seems far fetched, even in this moment of wild optimism. But if the Globe report is true– since Rosenthal’s report is obviously true, given that JA Happ makes a much better sixth starter than he does fifth, and Chad Jenkins seems to be the next name down the depth chart– there certainly would appear to be room to add a Joe Blanton, a Francisco Liriano (but please don’t, Alex), a Jeremy Guthrie, or to bring back Carlos Villanueva. And that might even leave enough to snag a lefty-smashing bastard like Jonny Gomes to platoon at DH with Adam Lind or David Cooper.
Free up some money by giving away Lind and/or Buck to whichever team will pay the most of his contract and maybe you can even aim for a Brandon McCarthy (swoon!) or Shaun Marcum (though probably not, if you believe Blairsy).
We’re really talking about this!