They may not always do it on the record, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun sure is a wizard when it comes to getting people to talk– especially scouts and executives with juicy, interesting things to say about the Toronto Blue Jays.
I don’t know if it’s just because he’s got so many connections he can simply print a source’s title– even including the league he works in!– and still no one will be able work backwards to figure out who’s dishing him the goods, but it’s a pretty remarkable trick he pulls, and at a big conference like the Winter Meetings, he lands some invaluable stuff.
I’ve already pulled some from his latest to us in the Escobar piece below, but there’s much more in there, and two things, in particular that stand out…
First, Elliott speaks to someone who knows John Gibbons “well” and Brett Lawrie “even better” (guesses?) who tells him, among other things, “my guess for an over/under is Aug. 1, the two are on a collision course,” prompting Elliott to wonder how well Lawrie– “a runaway wild stallion on the bases” last year– is going to deal with the hard-ass shrapnel-assed hardness of John Gibbons.
It’s an interesting question, and one whose answer should be fun to find out!
Meanwhile, Elliott laid this on us regarding the potential deal of RA Dickey:
The Mets need outfield help and a starting catcher.
“If I was Toronto I’d deal Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia and keep Anthony Gose and John Buck,” said an American League general manager. “They have enough offence with the rest of their lineup. Gose is probably a year away from being an offensive force and in a year Travis d’Arnaud would be ready. That’s what we’d do.”
The Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox are interested.
Gose an offensive force? That’s a little more confident-sounding evaluation of him than I’ve ever heard, but damn it, I’ll take it!
Question, though: do the Royals, Orioles, Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Red Sox have interest in Dickey? Or does he mean interest in Arencibia and Rasmus? Because if it’s the latter– and I think that it is– yeah, for the right price I could totally go with what the rival GM is saying. It makes you awfully thin in case of injury, of course, so I can understand why the Jays probably won’t, but the markets both behind the plate and in centre seem to be an excellent place to be if you’re a seller right now.
So… there’s that.