Friday, December 18 2020 @ 02:05 PM EST
Contributed by: John Northey
Well, kind of quiet but the Jays did sign a few guys recently. No one to make you jump up and down, but enough of an excuse to start a new topic.
Signed: to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training.
- INF Richard Ureña - 91 ML games here with a 73 OPS+, entering his age 25 season, gives another option for utility infielder who is no hit/all field in addition to Santiago Espinal. He was with the Orioles last year but not in their summer camp.
- INF Tyler White - 256 games in the majors, 95 OPS+, had a 140 in 2018 over 237 PA but then a 63 in 2019 and didn't get called up in 2020 - mostly in Houston. 1B/DH mainly so a backup for Tellez and Vlad I guess. Hit very well in AAA 311/399/539 lifetime. Entering his age 30 season, but a good guy to have in AAA as a backup imo.
- OF Forrest Wall has yet to reach the majors, but had good reports from summer camp iirc. Was a 2B up through his age 21 season (245 games) now in CF (199 lifetime games) but also time in LF/RF. 274/353/413 lifetime in the minors, gained via a trade away of Seunghwan Oh to Colorado in 2018. Entering his age 25 season.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Jays have been in touch with Ha-Seong Kim. Ryu had dinner with him. Lets hope that is a good sign.
Jeff Passan of ESPN says the Jays (and Padres, Rangers, and Red Sox) are talking with Tomoyuki Sugano (or his agent).
So the Jays are talking with the two top international free agents who would cost only cash, no draft picks (like Bauer, LeMathieu, and Springer would cost) or prospects (as any trade would require).