With all but two teams eliminated the chatter among general managers is picking up. Most GM's say that after the season they take a few weeks to work through their needs and then identify possible trade matches with other teams. The resulting discussions are being kicked off now to be continued at the general manager meetings to be held November 11-13 in Orlando. And followed by the winter meetings, December 9-12.
Today Bob Elliott kicks off the rumour mill with catching news.
From the Sun:
The Jays also are attempting to acquire a catcher from the Los Angeles Angels.
Toronto has targeted either Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger, according to those familiar with the Jays’ plans.
Iannetta, 30, started 102 games for the Angels this season. The eight-year veteran hit .225 with 11 homers, 39 RBIs and had a .731 OPS. He threw out 20 of 84 attempted base-stealers (19%) was charged with five errors and six passed balls.
Conger, who turns 26 in January, hit .249 with seven homers, 21 RBIs and a .713 OPS. He threw out 15 of 47 base-runners (24%) made seven errors and had one passed ball in 60 starts.
The Jays’ former No. 1 pick, J.P. Arencibia, who turns 28 in January, hit .194 with 21 homers, 55 RBIs and a .592 OPS in 138 games. He also walked 18 times and 148 times for a .227 on-base mark. Arencibia was the best of the three throwing out runners (21-for-62, 25%) but had 11 errors and 13 passed balls.
Arencibia is eligible for salary arbitration next year after earning $505,600 in 2013.
Iannetta will earn $4.975 million next year, the second year of a $15.55 million, three-year deal, while Conger is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2015 season.