Goodbye slow news day! Uh… kinda, as Jon Heyman of
Boras Corp. CBS Sports suggests that, despite all the suggestions that the Jays payroll is stretched just about as far as it can possibly go, the club may understand that it’s kinda ridiculous to not push it just a little bit further in an effort to really solidify their bullpen.
Or maybe Darren Oliver is genuinely willing to walk away from the $3-million on the table, and the Jays have changed their mind, or talked Rogers into letting them reinvest that capital. Or maybe floating something like this out there is a ploy to call the bluff of Oliver and his agent, Jeff Frye. Better still, maybe the Jays can keep Oliver and add one of the non-shittacular guys from Heyman’s tweet.
#bluejays seek back-end pen guy. a setup man who can close. krod, lindstrom, capps, oviedo, valverde, farnsworth, lyon fit
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 15, 2013
Like I say, I’m pretty sure the Jays will be looking in the non-shittacular realm here, so right off the bat we can rule out Capps and Valverde.
Farnsworth had elbow issues last year and came back a little walk-y (albeit in small sample), so I’m not sure there. Oviedo used to be Leo Nunez, and he had a down year in 2012, but he could bounce back. Then again, K-Rod used to be Francisco Rodriguez, and he had a down year in 2012, but he could bounce back– though he’ll never again be the K-Rod of 2004-07, who produced a ridiculous 10.5 fWAR over 291 innings, and may not be able to play nice with other, either.
Rafael Soriano, of course, is out there too, but– and this is something I’ve not said enough, I don’t think, in discussing him– is he such a better option than these guys that you’d really meet his demands and give up a pick?
So, I dunno… call me a raging sucker for the small sample size (and completely myopic on his awful 2011), but I’d be entirely OK with Brandon Lyon coming back, I think. Then again, Lindstrom may be even more impressive, having had no small success over the last two years, including his 2011 in Colorado, and his 2012 both in the AL East with Baltimore, and in hitter-friendly Arizona. Though I’d be a little wary of the low HR/FB rates, perchaps.
Any one of them, save Valverde (because seriously, please no), would be just fine, I suppose [read: I really don't want to look into the numbers on these guys all that much more deeply], but I’m still pretty sure the left-handed Darren Oliver would be optimal, despite whatever supposed moral failings people are going to insist he possesses.