There has been all kinds of movement today, as the league continues to waken from its Thanksgiving slumber, with the Rays, Reds and Diamondbacks working on a three-way deal that will send potential Jays target Ryan Hanigan to Tampa. There has been a deal involving Oakland, as the A’s have acquired Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom for Michael Choice and Chris Bostick, which follows last night’s A’s acquisition of Baltimore closer Jim Johnson in exchange for Jemile Weeks– another player who the Jays, with their thinness up the middle, could very possibly have been interested in.
And Billy Beane isn’t necessarily done, with all kinds of rumours out there involving Brett Anderson– the oft-injured pitcher who we’ve heard about the Jays chasing for a couple years now, as I noted yesterday.
MLBTR is on it, suggesting that Cleveland and Seattle are interested in obtaining the now-surplus member of the A’s rotation, while Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle lays this one on us:
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 3, 2013
There is lot to like about Anderson as a pitcher– though Drew can still find some fault– and not a lot to like about a guy who has made just 24 starts over the last three seasons (and just 43 over the last four), but still… it’s not an idea worth hating until we actually see what the cost might be.
I know, I know, everybody wants durability and reliability, but you know what? The Jays have some depth– certainly more than last year– and at the right price, adding talent is never a bad thing. Relying on the unreliable is a tough row to hoe, for sure, but just having the a talented arm like Anderson’s around, for whatever gravy you’re able to skim off it? I could be sold on that, if we’re talking gravy prices, and not ones for the… uh… whole pile of meat. Y’know?
I’d elaborate but I’ve got a podcast to do! (No, really.)