To all of you drafting 2012 Blue Jay projected lineups with Carlos Beltran hitting cleanup, wrong color bird. So today's lesson is simple:
World Series rings are a great recruiting tool.
The combination of the Jays playing on turf and Beltran's knee problems always made a marriage a tough sell - good deal for the Cardinals
With quality available starting pitchers gone and Jays unlikely to sign Jackson - it's time to "batten down the hatches" and try to revive the careers of Brett Cecil and Kyle Drabek and hope for a miracle in Dustin McGowan.
Why is everyone writing off this offseason as being done? This wasn't going to be about signing Free Agents (you make your offers on those you'd like, at your price) unless Prince Fielder comes at a better cost. A.A. has been clear all offseason. Before a Starter is acquired, before a Big Bat is acquired, the Bullpen will be fixed.
The MLSE acquisition by Rogers and Bell ($1.32 Billion - $660.0 Million each - I don't know where the $533.0 MM figure came from) was not much of a surprise to A.A. His "Big Offseason" was shut down almost immediately (Mid-November I think, that's when the Big Offseason talk was toned down / disappeared.) and that's when, I think, Yu Darvish was re-evaluated.
My biggest surprise is how much A.A. is over-evaluating his own prospects. That may bite him in the butt, before too long. 1) I am surprised Mat Latos wasn't acquired by A.A. - did he 'low-ball' the offer? 2) I am surprised he didn't get Yu Darvish, because it's only money, not prospects lost, not Draft Picks lost.
Is this offseason over for A.A.? No, not a chance.
Merry Christmas to all the people who come to this place, and thanks for the entertainment and information you share all year.
And, of course, have a happy Batter's Boxing Day.
The Hot Stove seems to have cooled a fair bit. I'm not sure we'll be players going forward and I'm not sure I want us to be. There was a tweet yesterday saying the Cubs were looking at Marisnick, which would imply that Garza may be in play for us. At the prices we've seen on the trade market, I'd rather stay out of the action until July or next offseason.
Fielder aside, anything still worth pursuing out there on trade or FA front? I could see a year of Oswalt, but not 3-4 of Edwin Jackson.