This is the first of a few "you be the general manager" questions we can debate over the next few weeks. Today's subject is Josh Johnson. News came out today that Josh has just had surgery on his elbow to remove bone spurs. The Jays have until just after the world series to decide whether to offer Johnson a qualifying offer. That basically means Johnson will earn approx. $14M next season.
The Jays originally intended to have Johsnon get healthy right around now and then for them to watch him throw to evaluate whether to offer to re-sign him. This surgery now eliminates that approach by the Jays.
The story suggests James Andrews saying that the bone spurs were the reason JJ didn't pitch well this year. Do we believe that or is JJ's agent trying to talk up his client for more money?
Mark Buehrle finishes his 2013 season as does Miguel Gonzalez in another means nothing game.
Newly signed Ryan Langerhans is in the Blue Jay lineup, Adam Lind is not. Moises Sierra is back in there, Rajai Davis is missing, his wife was due to give birth today. The Toronto Star had a feature today on all the new babies for the Blue Jay players. Davis, Neil Wagner, Aaron Loup and Adam Lind ( a while ago). I think that was it.
The Orioles were eliminated from playoff contention last night so today and tomorrow's games "don't matter". The Jays are still in the running for a top ten draft pick and they are one win short of their win total in 2012.
Esmil Rogers will pitch against Bud Norris tonight.
The Yankees still have a glimmer of hope for the wild card, even though they lost against the Red Sox they are still just 2.5 games out of the wild card. They continue to be hit by injuries, Derek Jeter is out for the season, Brett Gardner might only be able to run and A-Rod has been in and out of the lineup with various leg issues.
Meanwhile on the Jays side of the ledger, will Edwin be back with his sore wrist? Will Colby Rasmus' body be healed? Moises Sierra has been the hot hand, can he keep it going? Meanwhile the Ryan Goins for 2013 train has derailed, how many games will he start?