Here’s a hastily put together collection of links to get you ready for day two of the Winter Meetings, as we get set to once again begin playing
the waiting game Hungry Hungry Hippos in hopes of some actual Jays-related news…
Uh… hello! Buster Olney tweets that the Phillies “have indicated to other teams they are ready and willing to talk about Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels in trades.” The price would surely be astronomical, and it’s hard to quite understand given the way that roster is constructed– they just brought back Carlos Ruiz for three years, they extended Utley over the summer, Ryan Howard’s deal is as bloated as ever, etc.– but if we’ve learned anything from watching the Phillies over these last few years, it’s that Ruben Amaro isn’t a man who is going to let sense get in the way of a decision. So… yeah. If the Jays are going to break the ol’ prospect bank on a pitcher, here are the guys to be going all-in on. Beats Jeff Samardzija and Brett fucking Anderson. Speaking of…
According to a tweet from Jeff Passan, some teams “believe A’s have cooled on idea of trading Brett Anderson this week.” Could that be, maybe, because he’s not ready to pass a physical if he does get traded anyway? I, of course, actually have no idea if that was the issue that saw the Jays’ three-way trade of Sergio Santos to the Rangers, which would have netted them a starter, fall apart, but it sure does make a little bit of sense. Meh.
Joel Sherman tweets that an agreement is in place between Japan and MLB on the new posting system, which will cap the posting fee NPB clubs receive at $20-million. However, he notes that MLB’s executive council still has to approve it. That sounds like it’s a formality, but it won’t take place until later in the week, and it still doesn’t resolve the issue of whether Rakuten will actually post Masahiro Tanaka or not.
On Lee and Hamels, Jon Heyman adds that the Phillies won’t eat any dollars to get deals done– then reminds us that Hamels has $118.5-million for five years left on his deal (including a $6-million buyout for a sixth year option that would cost an additional $14-million to exercise), while Lee has $62.5-million guaranteed for two years, plus a $12.5-million buyout on a third year option that would cost $15-million more to exercise. Get on the phone with Rogers, Alex. Like, right damn now.
Then again, the market for David Price may be softening a bit at the moment, as MLBTR notes– via Ken Rosenthal– that the Dodgers may currently be in the driver’s seat, due to the reluctance of the Mariners to include Taijuan walker in a deal, and the Diamondbacks’ reluctance to add Archie Bradley. “L.A. can’t offer a prospect as good as those two, but they can offer some combination of Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and pitching,” we’re told. Can the Jays beat that, even with an in-division overpay? Sure, why not? I bet someone eventually bites, though. It’s David Price!
Olney also tells us that the “asking price for Omar Infante is said to be north of $8 million per season, on a long-term deal.” So… uh… not great, but still better than goin’ with Goins, I think. Pitching, though…
This one seemed to slip through my fingers a little bit yesterday, but apparently– or, at least, according to one of Shi Davidi’s posts at Sportsnet– the Jays have checked in on the likes of Logan Morrison, James Loney, and Mitch Moreland. All of those guys, you’ll note, are left-handed hitting first baseman, which makes sense when you realize that the club is simply touching base in case something involving Adam Lind comes along– like if the Pirates had actually been interested in flipping Neil Walker for him, which Davidi reported in the piece yesterday was the Jays’ demand.
Another one from Shi, as he tweeted yesterday that Thad Weber is no longer on the Jays’ 40-man roster, as he’s had his rights sold to the NC Dinos of the Korean League. Two things on this: one, no, the Jays wouldn’t do this without his consent. And two, holy fuck, people responding to minor transactions with sarcasm about it being such big fuckin’ news like the fact that any move being reported should be big enough to make them drop everything they’re doing and daydream about championships, or who act like this little thing is the only move that’s going to ever be made this off-season… um… stop doing that already.
As was first being reported by Ben Nicholson-Smith last night, the Tigers appear very close to agreeing to a deal with Rajai Davis. Too bad for the Jays, as they could have used exactly him, but obviously the fact that they don’t have nearly the playing time for him that he desired, and also have cheap outfielders on the cusp at triple-A, made it pretty much a given he wouldn’t return. MLBTR is following the story, naturally. (And Ben now has it confirmed– Davis to Detroit on a two-year deal.)
Lastly, at Sports On Earth, Jonathan Bernhardt takes a look at Roy Halladay’s legacy and his Hall of Fame case.