Are we going to have to create a Trolololosi GIF for Howard Eskin? Because the Philly reporter who broke the Bautista-Dom Brown “scoop” seems to know where his bread is buttered, as he’s got another one for us this morning– and who am I to turn down a slice of said buttered bread when he’s so temptingly offering it to me?
Frankly, I’d be an idiot not to eat up this delicious… um… wheat-y goodness. So here we go– WHEEEEEE!!!
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 13, 2013
I wrote about Ruiz yesterday, at which point the rumours of a two-year, $20-million contract were out there, but as I noted in yesterday’s GM Meetings After Dark post, Shi Davidi was reporting that it wasn’t the Jays who’d made the offer.
So… yeah. Again, what do we make of Eskin’s contradictory suggestion? I have no idea (though I’m entirely inclined to not buy the specifics, while believing that there’s interest).
I do know that he’s certainly an upgrade on Arencibia (Ruiz, that is, not Eskin. Although…). Even when he was at his worst in 2013, that much was clear. I also know that everything I wrote about yesterday still entirely applies, except with maybe a bit more sticker shock, assuming that a team really does have to go to three years in order to get him. Let’s hope not– though it would, I suppose, give the club more opportunity to backload a deal and maintain flexibility for this year.
But as far as signing in general him goes? Sure. As long as it leaves Anthopoulos with enough wiggle room to do everything else that he needs.
A real catcher– even an aging -one with some definite question marks– would be kinda nice.
So… there’s that.