I think I can probably, by now, say for certain that this will stay as a regular feature around here for the early winter, as again today, with any number of rumblings out there 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…
It’s been over a week since the last instalment of Today in MLBTR around here, and what an absolutely insane week it’s been– so crazy, in fact, that it’s not even clear that the Jays are going to be doing much more heavy lifting this winter, after acquiring Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, Maicer Izturis, John Buck, and re-hiring criminally underrated manager John Gibbons. But that’s just the thing. Our notions of what is possible were just absolutely exploded by Alex Anthopoulos, Paul Beeston, Rogers, and Co. So, let’s keep on keeping our eye out…
Joel Sherman, while making clear that these aren’t necessarily ongoing talks, uses the Jays as an example of a club who might show more interest in RA Dickey if the Mets allowed them a window in which to negotiate an extension. He suggests that such an opportunity might put the remaining big pieces of the Jays’ system– Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, etc.– into play. Not sure I’d be confident enough to give up something like that and commit long-term money to Dickey on the belief that the huge spike in K% this year is real. Felt pretty real, but… I don’t know…
Kenny Ken Ken writes that the free agent market for catchers has stalled because both the Red Sox and Jays have a catching surplus to trade from, but he also notes that he doesn’t think the Jays are in a hurry to deal JP Arencibia, which would essentially mean gambling that Travis d’Arnaud is fully healthy and ready to pick up where he left off last June.
According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Sox are very close to a deal with DH/OF Jonny Gomes, who would have looked excellent as the other side of a DH platoon with Adam Lind– especially in a world where clubs have an unlimited bench. So… who’s going to platoon with Lind, then? Rajai? Because he sure as fucking shit should not ever face a left-hander again.
The Jays have added infielder Jim Negrych, who apparently really does exist, signing him to a minor league contract.
Not entirely surprising, but the Yankees have re-signed Hiroki Kuroda– Big Hirok!
I’m not entirely sure why, but some fans have been wondering about Brian LaHair, the Cubs’ first half All-Star who went into the shitter, as expected, in the second half, posting a sub-.600 OPS. Turns out, he appears to be on his way to Japan. So stop asking.
Another terrible player D’d FA who fans’ ears perked up about, because they know his name, is Chone Figgins. While once an excellent player– nearly 7 fWAR in his walk year!?!!?!– Figgins has been below replacement level in each of the last two seasons, despite limited playing time. Do. Not. Want.
Matt LaPorta, D’d FA by Cleveland, also fits this mould. And some other guy I can’t even remember who is also pretty much the same as a Lind or a Cooper, but who people have been asking me about the Jays potentially striking to pick up. Uh… no.
The Red Sox were one of many clubs making minor roster moves yesterday, in order to add players to the 40-man so they’d be protected from selection in the Rule V draft, which comes at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings. In doing so, they designated five players for assignment, including a pair we’re familiar with: Zach Stewart, who went to Chicago in the Colby Rasmus trade and then moved to Boston for Kevin Youkilis, and David Carpenter, who was part of the John Farrell deal.
More ex-Jays news, as Dewayne Wise has re-signed with the White Sox.
Because our history is now pretty much inextricable from theirs, why not read the Offseason Outlook piece on the Miami Marlins? It’d be kinda hilarious if it wasn’t so shitty for those fans.
While you’re at it, check out the one for those fuckfaces in Boston, as well.
Lastly, one of the other clubs who came into the off-season desperate for rotation help, the Kansas City Royals, has now committed $17-million for 2013 to Ervin Santana and Jeremy Guthrie. They Jays, you’ll need not be reminded, added $25.75-million this year, in the form of Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. Win.