I don’t exactly remember what I was going for with the above image, which I began using last year during the GM Meetings, but I’m sure it’s still apt. Alex Anthopoulos is still a man on fire, as he needs to make all kinds of magic at the event once again this year, despite laying the groundwork for all kinds of thrilling deals last year in Indian Wells. This year the baseball establishment, and the assembled media, are in Orlando, and with all the news that’s coming out– or expected to come out– of these meetings, we’re keeping very close watch on all the rumblings.
Here’s what’s worth talking about when it comes to the Jays tonight:
Worth another look is the Shi Davidi piece from earlier today at Sportsnet, regarding the health of Melky Cabrera, as it includes a clip of the author on Prime Time Sports this evening, where among other things he says that word is that things are going to be a little slower to develop this year than it was last year– the reason being the cash that’s available in the game giving all kinds of teams and players options, and that there just aren’t very many great pieces to be target. That said, he reiterates what he said in his later piece, which focussed on J.P. Arencibia, that there are names available in trade that a lot of people didn’t think would be– though nobody is saying, publicly, at least, what those names are, apparently.
Regarding the NPB agreement, Jon Morosi tweets that he hears an announcement will come this week, and that not a whole lot will be changing. As I wrote earlier, I think that’s good news for the Jays… theoretically. Another, earlier piece on it, from another angle, is from Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com.
Morosi has a full piece at FoxSports.com in which he says he hears that reliever Joe Nathan and the Tigers could be a fit, which ought to remind us not to indulge too deeply in our Janssen-for-Rick-Porcello fantasies, or any of the other fantasies where clubs start offering actual, legit, valuable starters for bullpen pieces. Could happen– especially I think with the cheaper and longer-controlled Delabar– but as I wrote last week, there’s little chance the Jays will find a deal that doesn’t come with a tonne of risk.
And another MLB.com piece comes from Gregor Chisholm, who looks at the nine Jays players who will be out of options next spring, many of whom won’t clear waivers. The list: McGowan, Rogers, Redmond, Santos, Jeffress, Lincoln, Cecil, Perez, Sierra. Definitely a lot of moving parts to this roster, huh? Because while just about any of those guys could actually land a spot on the Opening Day roster, it’s really only Santos, McGowan and Cecil– provided they’re healthy– who are locks. And maybe not even! Adding a wrinkle to things is the fact that the Jays almost certainly needs to be thinking more about their bench this year, and less about carrying way too many relievers. Definitely going to see at least one of those names moved at some point– I think that’s pretty damn safe to say. Gregor sees Rogers, Lincoln and Sierra as trade bait, while Redmond, Jeffress and Perez seem more likely to eventually hit the waiver wire.
Friend of the blog Captain Latte has spotted a 2014 Jays calendar, which… yeah, that’s going to get outdated pretty much… now.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic asks a half-dozen scouts and executives which Diamondbacks shortstop and centre fielder they like best, while I ask… uh… you think Chris Owings or Didi Gregorious could play second base?
Because it’s a thing that happened, I guess I should mention that Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez won the AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards, which were announced tonight. Good for them– and, actually, good on the voters for not selecting Scrubby McScrubberson, who was technically a rookie but isn’t actually ever going to amount to anything in his career. Nothing against ol’ Scrubby, of course– assuming such an entity exists (I can’t even quantify how little thought I’ve given to this year’s awards)– but I’m (unsurprisingly) with Keith Law on the whole thing about wanting to see actual future stars win this award, and the voters definitely pegged a couple of them. theScore has all the coverage of the awards that you’ll ever need– including words from Drew Fairservice!