Here’s a handy digest of what went down during Day Two in Orlando, which… once again was pretty effing slow…
We woke up on Day Two finding Harry Crumb on the case, ferreting out for us a bunch of fresh reading material, including what may have been the most intriguing bit of innuendo we’d see all day: Buster Olney’s tweet that the Phillies are listening on Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. (Note: All of the prospects, Alex. All of the prospects.)
The Rajai Davis era ended in Toronto, as the Jays’ now-former fourth outfielder signed a two-year, $10-million offer with the Detroit Tigers, allowing all kinds of Jays fans to piss and moan about how great a fit he was on the roster (he was) while being completely oblivious to the fact that a guy like Anthony Gose will cost literally about a tenth of that much over the same time period. Resource allocation, people. Resource allocation… brought to you by Rogers (TM).
Baseball America’s Ben Badler noted that it’s possible that both of Japan’s top two pitchers may wind up in the big leagues in 2014, as he passed along rumblings that Kenta Maeda– who made the all-tournament team at last spring’s World Baseball Classic– may be posted this winter.
Cleveland’s Justin Masterson is reportedly on the block– or at least being listened on– and apparently so is Asdrubal Cabrera. Could they both find their way to Toronto? They could, but probably not. Might fit, though.
It was revealed by Shi Davidi that the Jays have named a first base coach, and it’s Tim Leiper, who was promoted internally from the player development side, has worked with Canada Baseball, and is former manager of the Ottawa Lynx!
Rumours swirled about Brett Anderson being coveted by other teams, and I wondered if the reported interest meant that he wasn’t the player who’d failed his physical in the fallen-apart Sergio Santos deal that became knowledge yesterday. Anderson ended up on the move, getting traded to Colorado.
In the middle of a sloooooooow day, I noted that Kevin Youkilis doesn’t appear to be a fit for the Jays. Ugh. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks, Angels, and White Sox pulled off a trade that was the talk of the league most of the afternoon, and when it became official, I took a look at the market-shaping implications it may have on the Jays.
At the end of the afternoon Alex Anthopoulos met with the media, revealing that some free agent prices had gone down, that he was reluctant to move his best starting pitching prospects (i.e. Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman), and talking a little bit about The Policy– the club’s supposed policy about limiting player contracts to five years or less.
We then got an update at the Masahiro Tanaka situation, which is still unresolved, and soon after took a look at the pitching market, which I reminded is only just beginning, really. In the same piece I passed along word that Mark Buehrle has been asked about during these meetings, which led to a tanent about his surprising value, and how moving him could actually be a very large help to the Jays.
The pitching market remained the focus, as we next looked at a report from Bob Elliott, suggesting that Colby Rasmus is being shopped for pitching. In the piece I wondered if a one-for-one deal with Cincinnati that would bring back pitcher Homer Bailey– who is also in his final year before free agency– might make sense for both sides.
Lastly, I went back to Elliott’s piece to look at his surprise that Alex Anthopoulos is now referring to the club’s window for contention as being five years long, and did my best to unpack all the nonsense surrounding the Jays’ supposed policy of limiting free agent contracts to five years long. It’s the economy, stupid.