Shi Davidi rounds up the afternoon from the Winter Meetings in his latest at Sportsnet, and finds a little bit more out about the three-way deal that Jon Morosi reported earlier that would have sent Sergio Santos to Texas, if not for another player in the deal failing a physical.
The deal would have included a starter for the Blue Jays, separate sources told sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith and this writer, underlining how difficult getting things done can be.
I think what might especially underline it is the fact that this all happened two weeks ago, and evidently there weren’t any contingencies or other, similar offers, or players who could be subbed in. At least not that have been executed yet, obviously. Evidently there was one very narrow permutation of one deal that all sides were ready to agree on, and when that went away… nothing.
And while you’d have to think that eventually something’s going to give, there continues to be a bit of a dampening of expectations– though in about as positive a way as possible, I’d say.
Emboldening Anthopoulos to at least consider standing pat in the rotation is the continued progress of Brandon Morrow in his recovery from a nerve issue in his bee-bee throwing right arm and the gains made by Drew Hutchison during the Arizona Fall League. Maybe it’s just bluster for potential trade partners and the representatives of free agents, but manager John Gibbons gave the possibility a bit of a push when he suggested the alternative to bolstering the pitching staff was using any available financial resources to strengthen the bench.
“(The way) we kind of look at it, you beef up a starting rotation and you might be a little less focused on the bench,” said Gibbons.
I’ll have more on some other comments that Gibbons made in my next post (barring something noteworthy happening in the meantime), but to stay with Shi’s work, he’s hopeful that, at the very least, things should come into sharper focus in the coming days, even if nothing actually happens just yet. Right now I don’t think I’d bet on that ending up the case, but maybe that’s just hopefulness on my part that all this energy isn’t being wasted.
Or as Shi writes about the rotation situation, “they may need to either make a trade – Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija is believed to be one target – or pony up for a free agent starter like Matt Garza, Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez (the representatives for the latter checked in with Anthopoulos on Monday) to take a real step forward.”
So… there’s that.