Not that this is exactly an effing revelation here, but Ken Rosenthal at least has his ear to the ground for some Jays stuff, and he’s hearing exactly what everybody else is hearing (basically from Alex Anthopoulos himself)– or at the very least what we could all surmise by the fact that nothing has happened yet.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
I mean… yeah. This time yesterday I was writing about Kevin Youkilis, so at least this qualifies as Jays-related news, I guess. And the fact that they looked into David Price is maybe noteworthy– especially with the market for him not exactly flush, especially, one assumes, after the Mariners learned that Price wasn’t open to re-signing in Seattle, and after the Rays learned that the M’s wouldn’t include Taijuan Walker in a deal– but… we don’t really think this is going to happen, do we?
I don’t know. But the sense here is that we’re in the middle of a pretty big staring contest on just about everything that’s in play for the moment, including Stroman and Sanchez– who Anthopoulos hasn’t shied away from saying he’ll deal, though he acknowledged that he didn’t want to (or maybe flat out wouldn’t) move them both in the same trade.
It’s just about as exciting as being in the middle of a staring contest, too, huh?
One guy who isn’t in play, it should be noted– and so, why not here?– is Cleveland’s Justin Masterson. Jim Bowden tweeted earlier today that Terry Francona had informed him on his radio show that Masterson had been called and told he wouldn’t be getting dealt. Hard to compete if you’re trading away your best players– which is exactly the lessons I’d assume the Reds are learning at the moment, as well. The Jays too, most likely, when they’re being asked about the Bautistas and Encarnacions of the world, rather than prospects like Sanchez and Stroman.
I said all along that I wouldn’t be surprised if the Masterson stuff was just Cleveland’s way of getting a feel for his market, with the though that they may make him available as a rental in July, should their season go south. Seems about right.
So… there’s that.