Here’s a handy digest of what went down during Day One in Orlando, which… well… it wasn’t much in terms of crazy innuendo or fast-breaking trades, but for us– more than most fan bases around the league– it was still a pretty special day…
We woke up to a giant primer of reading material, though we maybe thought we were still dreaming as we stared at the surreal work of Robert Crumb. Highlights included Geoff Baker’s similarly surreal takedown of the Mariners’ front office, Jason Parkes giving out some prospect love on the Blue Jays Plus Podcast, and (shameless self promotion alert) some Jays shirseys over at the hilarious Cespedes Family BBQ.
Early in the day we were stunned out of our slumber with word that the Jays would be making an announcement– something that doesn’t usually mean a minor deal, but which came without any other word about a trade or a free agent signing, which certainly seemed unusual.
We eventually found, of course, that the announcement was for Roy Halladay, who would be signing a one-day contract and retiring as a Blue Jay. And it got a little dusty in here.
Halladay, we later learned, will be working with the Jays organization in the future, joining them in the spring in Dunedin to impart some knowledge, while also stepping into the front office as a “fly on the wall” at a later date, hoping to learn a thing or two about that side of the industry.
Wistfulness sufficiently realized, the day moved on, and we heard that the Pirates were interested in Adam Lind, only to find later on that the Jays asked for Neil Walker and the talks went nowhere.
Word of an Edwin Encarnacion-for-David Price rumour tickled our fancy, even though we knew that it couldn’t possibly be terribly serious.
Then Alex Anthopoulos checked in with reporters, admitting to having one “complicated long shot” deal in the works, while mostly putting on his best poker face, admitting that he may wait out the market for free agent starters, acknowledging that he had arranged with certain agents that they’d get back to him before moving on with any other deal, and looking with some seriousness to the possibility of making a play for Masahiro Tanaka.
John Gibbons met with the media as well, praising Ryan Goins, who he says he thinks can start, while standing up for J.P. Arencibia, admitting there has been talk about Tanaka, and more.
We heard that the Jays are one of many clubs interested in a Cuban infielder, while Peter Gammons suggested that the Jays may be a suitor for Bartolo Colon.
It then came about that two weeks ago the Jays had a trade that fell apart. It would have sent Sergio Santos to the Texas Rangers, but apparently another player in the deal failed his physical. We later learned that the player the Jays would have received was a starter– which led to much speculation that it could have been Brett Anderson, as the Rangers and A’s completed a smaller deal shortly after this one reportedly fell apart.
Lastly, that Anderson speculation came in a later post, which also looked at the status of Tanaka– who may not be pursued by the Dodgers and Yankees, we were told– and featured speculation on Justin Masterson, who Cleveland may be making available for trade.