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…