Damn it. And sorry, some late night tennis and my running on cold medication the last couple of days and yelling at people on Twitter have conspired to bring me late to this little shindig. Which… is fine, because this isn’t exactly a party I want to be at for long anyway.
It was the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the Jays’ division rivals — the favourites from back when this whole race started, you may remember — inking a seven year deal (with a fourth year opt-out) for $155-million, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal.
There were several teams that New York eventually separated themselves from, but “not by much,” according to another of his tweets. The Jays were not among them, so far he’s saying and so far as we know. So much for the Dodgers and Cubs saying the weren’t going to be out-bid, eh? And so much for our fun little pipe dream, which has now turned on us in nearly the ugliest of ways, with the spectre of having to face the pitcher we were just drooling over multiple times per year.
I say “nearly,” because the Red Sox would have been worse — not that they’re in the running, nor did they need to be — and actually it’s kind of hilarious that the Yankees seemed to be trying so hard, to their own detriment, to get under the luxury tax threshold. They deferred to the Pirates last year on Russell Martin, and declined to go after big ticket pitchers the last couple of years, relying instead on Andy Pettitte’s carcass to save their rotation, only to now blow way past the tax number anyway.
Also, they’re still kind of terrible, even with the addition of Tanaka.
But this, of course, isn’t about them, it’s about us. So here are a few thoughts on what this all means for the Jays. Y’know… just as soon as I write them down.