Still getting mixed messages on the Jays’ ability to add payroll, it seems, as Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets that this week both the Jays and Giants were discussing Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera. He adds, however, that it’s possible that the deals being talked about are no longer viable, perhaps because of the club’s acquisition of Danny Valencia, or the fact that, as we learned today (via tweets like this one from and this one from the man himself) Brett Lawrie seems to have leapfrogged Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion in terms of who’ll recover soonest.

Cabrera is owed $3.33-million for the final two months of the season, which in terms of a $137-million payroll isn’t huge, but is an amount we’ve certainly been led to believe would be pushing the limits of what Anthopoulos can do, at least without some cash heading back Cleveland’s way. That is, of course, a possibility, it’s just the Jays would have had to pay more in terms of prospects in order to get them to acquiesce, which… that sure kinda fucking sucks when you have Rogers as your owner, doesn’t it?

Whatever the case, I’m not sure how much of a fit Cabrera would have been anyway.

Also… uh… according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the point may be moot, as we’re told that the Jays are “not expected to add any position players,” as they’re “focused on pitching.”

Makes sense — though it was Rosenthal himself who called Cabrera “an option” for the Jays, as I noted in a Today In MLBTR post on Monday. At that time I also gave a bit of background on the player:

He’s been worth nearly a win-and-a-half this year, but thanks mostly to the fact that he plays shortstop, which he’d be moved off of if he came over to the Jays, moving back to second base, where he played a bunch from 2007 to 2009. He doesn’t play great defence (according to the metrics) at short, and has a .303 on-base over his last 970 plate appearances. And his platoon splits aren’t terribly pronounced, either. Against right-handed pitching, where he’s hit best, over that span the switch hitter slashed .249/.315/.407. At this point I’d take Munenori Kawasaki and his .295/.351/.352 line against right-handers, thanks. And I’d certainly take Steve Tolleson and his 174 wRC+ against lefties. Second base hasn’t even really been that big a problem for this team, frankly.


This pitching thing sounds intriguing, though.

And if you want to get really optimistic about the payroll stuff, maybe Rogers is seeing the TV ratings and willing to have a late change of heart. A press release from Sportsnet this afternoon noted that last night’s game was the highest non-opener Blue Jays audience in the history of the network, with 1.09-million viewers tuning in. They add that it’s the third-highest rated game in the network’s history, that Sportsnet was the second most watched station in Canada in primetime, and that over 3.3-million people watched at least some part of the game.

So, there’s that…

Comments (40)

  1. That would have been fucking awesome

  2. Pitching please

  3. A starter and a reliever and I will believe this team can contend.

  4. WIN NOWWWWW!!!!!!!

  5. Lackey or Colon might be a nice add. Veteran starters with playoff experience who wouldn’t cost a Stroman or Sanchez.

    • Agreed Colon would be a nice addition. Plus It would be fun to watch Jaba the Hut gifs and photo shops

  6. For me, Lackey would be the ideal candidate to acquire for a number of reasons.

    Assuming that Happ is good enough to be the “major league starter” Boston seeks as part of a return, the prospect cost would be lower than it would for Lester.

    Lester would probably require Sanchez or Norris as a centrepiece.

    Lackey might just be a Nolin.

    Also, the fact that Lackey only makes $500,000 fits perfectly within the payroll structure.

    Even if he requires a contract extension, it wouldn’t impact the 2015 payroll and by 2016 Buehrle is off the books.

    As long as Boston doesn’t give a shit about the division stuff, this is the guy I’d like to see the Jays target.

    • Esmil Rogers is a “major league starter” depending on which season you consider.

      I’d say if you add a starter you’ve fixed your bullpen by pushing Hutch there.

      I can’t believe I’m saying this, but thank god for Happ he has really become an important part of the rotation. Sure he’s up and down but at least he has an “up” setting.

      • Happ’s been great for a #5 starter.

        Hutchison has earned some rope I think.

        • Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Hutch fan and think he’s going to be a fixture of the rotation for years to come. I’m just concerned this particular year that he’ll run out of gas at the key moment in Sept/Oct.

          He’s at 119 IP and has never pitched more than 149 in the pros (which was 3 years ago, mainly in A ball). He pitched 35 innings last year and 75 the year before (a season ended by Tommy John surgery).

          If you get a strong rotation piece to supplant him, you’ve added a near lights out bullpen arm in the process.

          • Hey they can always bring up H̶e̶n̶d̶r̶i̶k̶s̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶R̶o̶g̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶D̶r̶a̶b̶e̶k̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶R̶o̶m̶e̶r̶o̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶Z̶a̶g̶u̶r̶s̶k̶i̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶K̶o̶r̶e̶c̶k̶y̶ for a start or two to give Hutch a break…. Fuck you know what the Jays really DO need another SP and RP!

  7. how come nobody is talking about if stroman and/or hutch need to be shutdown in september. if one or both do, don’t they need to emergency buy or else rely on Nolin/Morrow?

    And if so, are they doing a nice job keeping it quiet so it’s not perceived as emergency buy?

  8. I hope some bean counter at Rogers is sending the memo about the increased ad revenue possibilities if the Jays are in a pennant race up the chain as we speak.

  9. It so frustrating to see those viewership numbers and Rogers being unwilling to pony up any more money. As you said hopefully this changes their mind and we can go out and get a RH bullpen piece like Benoit.

    • A lock-down 8th inning guy to compliment McGowan, our lefties and I guess Sanchez would be pretty fucking awesome.

      Never underestimate the importance of the back end of the pen.

  10. It’s weird; who the hell would have thought Muni/Tolley would make 2nd not such a black hole, Stroman being fucking awesome, and Happ not being ass awful.

    So who would come out of the rotation if we did make a SP trade? Hutch?

    Can’t believe I’m saying this but if EE, Lawrie and Lind can be back in a couple weeks, we should probably not pay the ransom price for a rental player.

    GO JAYS !!!!!

  11. Witness the return of “So, there’s that”.

  12. I’m curious to see who they would bump from the rotation if they got another starter. Move Hutch to the pen for the rest of the year? As for position players, if everyone comes back healthy then I think they are set with all the platoon options they’ve got now. In fact if all the guys filling in currently can be sent back down without having to clear waivers then this team has got some serious depth for the stretch run.

  13. Colon shouldn’t cost now then nolin straight up at most

  14. i’d rather save my optimism for the Jays on the field; can’t afford to squander any on the ownership.

  15. Andrew Miller please AA.

  16. I remember assrubal playing a lot of 2b 3 years agoish

  17. Theyre not doing anything. Rogers wont allow them to add $. Its very hard to make neutral $ trades that work for both teams.fuck you rogers

  18. where is this press release about blue jays sportsnet ratings you speak of? I can’t find it.

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