Jeff Blair of the Fan 590 and the Globe and Mail, along with the majority of the baseball establishment– including Alex Anthopoulos and the typically-small Jays contingent– has arrived in Nashville in anticipation of tomorrow’s beginning of the Winter Meetings, and he’s already given us some juicy dirt (far tastier than dry dirt– ask any cat) with his first filing from the event.
“The Blue Jays figure in a few odd rumours (Justin Morneau, anyone?) and sexy rumours (they’re lying in the weeds to make a surprise play for Dickey),” he writes, “but with his roster already overhauled Anthopoulos can be expected mostly to monitor other teams’ actions.”
Morneau, you say? Cue maple panting and moaning! (Y’know, from people who didn’t quite catch that he’s no less a platoon guy than Adam Lind– albeit with a 35 point wOBA advantage against right-handers last year).
Derek Holland and Homer Bailey could be shopped, Blair also tells us, before making the odd assertion– especially after also reminding us of the availability of David Price and James Shields– that a package involving Mark Buehrle and a prospect might get something done.
Uh… surely not with the Rays, though– not with Buehrle’s contract. And honestly, as much as I don’t want to read too much into the GM’s recent listing of his club’s 2013 rotation, I really do kinda think that Anthopoulos values Buehrle’s “veteran presence,” or whatever you want to call it, more than that.
He suggests that the Jays could have interest in non-tendered Nats pitcher John Lannan– “the Blue Jays had interest in last spring”– and that they should have a number of agents interested in discussing minor league free agents that could help the club in Buffalo, and that the club probably won’t look to spend a lot of money on left-handed relief pitching, despite the potential loss of Darren Oliver, all of which certainly makes sense. Well, as long as Lannan isn’t getting guaranteed money and pushing J.A. Happ out of the rotation,
So… there’s that.
And here’s a bonus: over in the pages of the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott previews the Meetings as well, noting for the first time that I’m aware of that “the Detroit Tigers attempted to send pitching to the Jays for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria before the Jays made Hechavarria the cornerstone of the 12-team Miami Marlins deal.”
Double maple bonery bonus!: according to a tweet from Jon Morosi, Rich Harden “feels great” and is aiming to pitch again in 2013.
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