Fresh Thread for a Fresh Week

Monday, January 29 2018 @ 09:22 AM EST

Contributed by: John Northey

Getting down to the wire for free agents now - will the Jays get any bargains? Roughly $10-20 mil to spend (maybe more if they can make a case to ownership ala Beeston back in the 90's with Clemens).

MLB Trade Rumors says Darvish is getting close to a decision which should finally break up the logjam. Rangers, Dodgers, Cubs viewed as favorites. Minnesota some think want him, Milwaukee has put themselves into the discussion, even the Phillies are there in talks. Still a mystery team in there so hope for the Jays to swoop in and do something like that Clemens deal back in the 90's that no one saw coming.

Meanwhile a reporter for Yahoo, Jeff Passan hears differently, writing that teams throughout the league donít think that any of Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Eric Hosmer or J.D. Martinez are close to signing yet. Might be the craziest free agent winter since 1986/87 when collusion was in full force and many waited until May to sign with their old teams (rules were if you didn't sign by early December you couldn't sign with your original team until May 1st).

Spring camps start up February 14th (pitchers and catchers), the 19th is the first full workout, February 23rd is the first game (vs Phillies). Not long now.