Movement starting but not here yet
Monday, November 20 2023 @ 01:22 PM EST
Contributed by: John Northey
Well, some players are signing but not many. Yamamoto is officially on the market now which should help push things a bit.
The last big free agent is now officially available. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, he of the lifetime 1.72 ERA in Japan is now able to be signed as he enters into his age 25 season. Yikes. If a 10 year deal for a pitcher ever makes sense, this is the guy - 3 straight years of 170+ IP, ERA's those 3 years of 1.39-1.68-1.16. That is scary good. Bids start at 9 years/$200 mil.
Signed is Nola for 7/$172 mil (Phillies resign), and also Reynaldo Lopez (Atlanta for 3/$30 mil), Lance Lynn to St Louis $10 mil 2024, $1 mil buyout for 2025 option ($11 mil). Lots of minor trades too. Sadly nothing involving the Jays yet. But regardless, we need a new thread as the old one is over 200 comments and getting to be a bit much.
Key dates of Jays transactions in the past...
Obviously many more signings/trades I could've included but that gives an idea of when to expect big moves. Many mid-December so a few weeks left until the big wave hits. But some do come in November and some in January, after January few big names are on the table.
- 2022/23 offseason: Bassitt & Keirmaier signed in mid December, Teoscar traded Nov 16th, traded for Varsho Dec 23rd, Belt signed Jan 10th, Green Jan 30th.
- 2021/22 offseason: Gausman & Garcia December 1st, Kikuchi March 14th (lockout screwed the time table up that winter), traded for Chapman March 16th,
- 2020/21 offseason: resigned Ray Nov 7th, Jan 23rd signed Springer, Jan 30th Semien, Feb 23rd Stripling traded for.
- 2019/20 offseason: Signed Ryu Dec 27th
- 2014/15 offseason: traded for Donaldson Nov 28th
- 2012/13 offseason: the Miami trade Nov 19th (got Reyes, Buehrle, Johnson, etc.) and signed Melky Cabrera the same day, traded for Dickey Dec 17th
- 2009/10 offseason: traded Halladay away Dec 16th
- 1996/97 offseason: signed Roger Clemens Dec 13th
- 1992/93 offseason: signed Joe Carter & Paul Molitor Dec 7 (critical day for that WS), Dec 8th signed Dave Stewart,
- 1991/92 offseason: signed Jack Morris Dec 18th, signed Dave Winfield Dec 19th
- 1990/91 offseason: traded for Devon White Dec 2nd, Dec 5th 'the trade' (Fernandez/McGriff for Alomar/Carter)
Of note: Donaldson is trying to convince the Jays to sign him. I don't see it happening, even as a plan Z.