MLBTR has scooped up a statement that Peter Gammons made on the MLB Network this afternoon about the Jays potentially having interest in Bartolo Colon.
That’s… interesting? Unsurprising?
Or do I mean uninspiring?
No, no, it was the first thing. And actually, while Alex Anthopoulos has been saying that they’d have interest in any top pitcher at this point, and while Colon– about to pitch his age-41 season– might be a scary proposition, given he’d be moving out of the pitcher-friendly confines of O.co Coliseum, there’s a lot to like there, all things considered. I mean, shit, he was a +3.9 WAR pitcher by FanGraphs and +5 WAR by Baseball Reference. Not sure about the changing environment bit, or the move to the AL East, but for the right price, sure? Fine.
I guess that goes for anybody, but… I don’t know. Sure. All the pitchers!
Of course, the Jays aren’t the only team interested– in fact, Gammons reportedly spoke mostly about the Mariners’ interest, suggesting the Jays as a secondary team with interest. Meanwhile, as the MLBTR piece tells us, Jon Heyman suggests that the market for Colon is heating up, with the Mets and Orioles also possibly interested, and with the terms of a one-year deal expected to potentially end up north of $10-million.
Is that the right price? I don’t know. If the Jays only have about that much left before hitting their payroll budget, probably not. They could, of course, find ways to move some money around, but I don’t know. Then again, I don’t know how firm that reported $150-million number is anyway. It’s very, very easy to get sour on the club’s lack of activity, so far, but let’s not forget that if this was last year, the figure being reported would have been $105-million, and they blew past that number.
So… there’s that.
There’s also, speaking of the MLB Network and it’s availability in Canada, this! (Important Update At Bottom!)
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) December 2, 2013
— Raines4HOF (@KennedyMLB) December 8, 2013
@Big_b_sr It goes on air tomorrow
— Raines4HOF (@KennedyMLB) December 9, 2013
I don’t know much about the cable TV, and all I can do is pass along these tweets– I can’t verify what’s in them (or… well, I probably could, but what am I going to do, make a phone call?) but I’m pretty sure that’s a thing too!
Then again, maybe I should have made a call, because here’s what I’m also hearing now…
@AndrewStoeten was told by Rogers rep today MLB Network is NOT available yet & any reps referencing in SS Pak are mistaking for Extra Inn.
— Chris Baker (@CBakerSpeaks) December 9, 2013
Again, I don’t know much about the cable TV (what year is this, seriously?), so I’m not sure if I’m the right one to keep following this, but I’ll do what I can when I can… I guess.