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…
The Red Sox are really high on Mike Napoli, apparently, which I probably shouldn’t like as much as I do. Paying Napoli catcher money for too many years after his production went back to normal in 2012? Sounds like something I’d think the Sox totally should do. But on the other hand, he’ll probably effing rake in that joke park.
Speaking of the Red Sox, apparently there has been discussion between them an Kansas City for a deal that might involve Jon Lester going to KC (wait, but doesn’t he need John Farrell’s magical fix first!), and Wil Myers heading to Boston. Tampa’s James Shields is another name that’s come up in the Royals’ quest to flip a bat for a starter. To steal a thought from a commenter somewhere… why not Ricky Romero? Intriguing, isn’t it?
Not at MLBTR yet, though I’m sure it will be momentarily: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has sources telling him that the Angels do not appear likely to sign Zack Greinke. Well… good thing they traded Ervin Santana and didn’t pick up Dan Haren’s option then, amiright? Sign him, Alex. Why the hell not?
Among a trio of players D’d FA by the Mets this afternoon is Mike Pelfrey, who the Mets may try to re-sign at a discounted rate, but who may also hit the free agent market, according to the MLBTR post. If he does, we’re told that “agent Scott Boras may look to place Pelfrey in a starting role as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and the Mets’ rotation seems full.” Pelfrey was outstanding in a ludicrously small three-start sample last year, and has previously had a pair of three win seasons, eating 200 innings (or thereabouts) pretty consistently for four years. I don’t see how he’s a guy you bank on being better than J.A. Happ, or that the Jays in any way have a fit there, but… he’s a guy.
Bless Canadian catcher Russell Martin, who is apparently trying to give our nation’s lone big league club a hand, seeking a four year deal worth $9- to $10-million per. JP Arencibia not looking so bad now, huh?
Apparently three AL East teams– the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox– have interest in free agent centre fielder Shane Victorino. Hahahahaha, go for it, shitbags!
The Marlins, because who knows what the fuck they’re doing, are apparently now looking for a power bat to hit behind Giancarlo Stanton, who they have no plans to move. Uh… OK?
The Cubs have done some more fine business in the realm of shitty pitchers, signing Scott Feldman to a one-year deal that will see him earn $6-million, with incentives possibly taking it up a million more. Feldman isn’t great, but that’s some delicious value right there– something I thought the Jays should have been going after, y’know, before they shattered our fucking minds with the Marlins deal. They still need another back-end starter though, I think, and there goes that one.
Ex-Jay Mark Teahen has signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. “Teahen looked to have a bright future in the middle of the Royals’ lineup back in 2006, but has seen his production steadily decline,” Steve Adams writes. “He spent 2012 with the Nationals’ Triple-A affiliate, batting .260/.328/.360 in 124 games.” Ouch.
David Wright, who JP Ricciardi reportedly passed on as a prospect, when he was offered in exchange for a couple months of Jose Cruz Jr., has been offered a seven-year extension from the Mets, reportedly in the $140-million range.
Lastly, the Angels have signed Ryan Madson to a one-year deal, though the terms have yet to be reported. If you’re going to rebuild your value as a pitcher in the AL, that’s a pretty good spot to do it. Madson, of course, was reportedly close to getting the ridiculous money Philadelphia eventually gave Jonathan Papelbon last winter, which ended up falling through. He signed a one-year with Cincinnati, and promptly blew out his arm, missing the whole season with Tommy John. Not really Jays-related, no, but when there’s an opportunity to point out the insane Papelbon deal, you gotta take it, no? And this is probably crazy money too: “Madson’s contract with the Reds included an $11MM mutual option for 2013, which he declined in favor of a $2.5MM buyout,” we’re told.
(OK, one more closer thing: at Getting Blanked, Drew notes that Brian Wilson may be non-tendered by the Giants. Hmmm…)