Mike McCoy, we hardly knew ye.
Because it never stops, the Jays have made even more roster moves today!
It’s not entirely unexpected, as today, you may not be aware, is the last day to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from selection in next month’s Rule V draft.
Per a team release, the club has added a pair of New Hampshire Fisher Cats, SS Ryan Goins and C AJ Jimenez, to the 40-man, while designating Mike McCoy, Mike McDade and Corey Wade for assignment. Following the D’ing FA of Joel Carreno yesterday, and the addition of Melky Cabrera, the club now has a full 40-man roster.
It’s not a sure thing that the Jays are going to lose these guys– some might sneak through waivers, especially with other clubs filling their rosters in anticipation of the Rule V, or some may already be earmarked for deals– but it’s going to expose them, at the very least. Not that it matters. In fact, it may present a nice opportunity for McCoy, the seemingly-eternal yo-yo guy, racking up frequent flyer miles between Las Vegas and Toronto. According to Pro Sports Transactions, McCoy was sent down, then called back up, eleven times over the course of his three seasons here.
More interestingly, perhaps, is the fact that catcher Bobby Wilson has managed to stick around. It suggests, at the very least, that Alex Anthopoulos wants to maintain his flexibility behind the plate, in case a trade involving one comes along– regardless whatever the cocksure JP Arencibia seems to think.
The incumbent backstop is apparently not too pleased to be hearing his name thrown all over the internet as a player possibly on the move, and started pushing back against it last night on Twitter:
— jp arencibia (@jparencibia9) November 20, 2012
This tweet in particular set all kinds of minds spinning, as folks wondered whether Arencibia had been assured by Alex Anthopoulos that he won’t be dealt– a ridiculous notion at this point in the off-season, and one made more ridiculous by the fact that during today’s John Gibbons presser the GM would only say that “right now Arencibia is the catcher”– or, crazier still, if perhaps an extension is in the works.
I have no inside knowledge, but an extension for a league-minimum pre-arb guy still four seasons from free agency whose on-base percentage has yet to crack .285 in almost 900 plate appearances in the Majors and who has improved his defence all the way up to below average? Um… no. Not happening. No matter what a super-terrific nice guy who works so great with the pitchers who almost all pretty much fucking sucked last year you think he is.
He’s not necessarily going anywhere either, and I can’t fault him for being confident, or not indulging in his own trade speculation, but it’s extremely naive to simply take his word– or assume he has any kind of word– that nothing will possibly change before April. Especially as long as Wilson is still around as insurance in case one of Arencibia or Buck should disappear– and especially since he stays, while decent-enough pieces like Carreno, McDade and McCoy don’t.