This is the last week of activity before the winter meetings begin on the ninth. GM's are seeing if they can get something done before the meetings or if it will have to wait.
Today, Monday, is the non-tender deadline whereby teams have to decide if they are willing to offer arbitration to their eligible players. Some players will be non-tendered but there may not be many decent starting pitchers or catchers among the non-tendered. The Jays biggest decision is whether to offer arbitration to JP Arencibia, I assume they will.
Ken Rosenthal is reporting the Jays have agreed to sign Dioner Navarro on a two year deal. I believe the reports on him are good bat, less than good defense. We will see.
I received a copy of the new Davidi/Lott book this week from the publisher for review. I read it in three days, in part because it is not a very lengthy read, the book is 180 page of print plus 16 pages of photographs, and in part because it is an easy read.
When I first heard that this book was on its way I wondered what kind of book would it be? There are those books that are essentially diaries of the season, a day by day or week by week summary of the season that was. Then there are the books that are about the team, the players and staff, more than they are about the season. These books rely on interesting characters to provide the backbone of the book. Finally there are the insider exposes, a tell-all of sorts, as in here is what really happened behind the scenes.
I also wondered whether the authors were able to breach the secretive world of the Anthopoulos front office, would he open up for the sake of history?
Me, ten days ago. That worked out well.
What's in it for me?
The final game of the homestand. Mark Buehrle faces Jake Peavy. Buehrle has an ERA of 4.43, Peavy's ERA is 4.50. The main pitchers in both bullpens were rested last night, except for Brett Cecil. Janssen, Santos, Loup, Uehara, Tazawa, etc. should all be ready to go.
After this game the Jays head to Tampa, New York and Houston. The Jays play a day/night doubleheader on Tuesday in New York. With Monday being an off-day the Jays could roll through their rotation but that would cause a problem on the Saturday when they would not have a rested starting pitcher. Baseball rules now allow teams to add a 26th player for a doubleheader, will the Jays recall a pitcher for Tuesday for the spot start?