Day 3: Deal or no deal

Bwm_header_07_2NASHVILLE – My bad for the lack of blogtivity today. No excuses — just me taking one thing off my plate on Day 3 here at the Meetings. But, after downing some PF Changs and working the lobby some late tonight, I return to my keyboard at 2:23 am ET with the latest:

Talked to one Major League source tonight who indicated that there is indeed a straight-up Alex Rios for Tim Lincecum deal tabled. The only hangup is on the Giants end. If San Francisco agrees to this trade, all indications are the the Jays will pull the trigger. Then again, it’s looking more and more like Giants GM Brian Sabean isn’t going to swing the trade before the teams book it out of Nashville on Thursday.

If the Jays don’t complete the trade for Lincecum, which would mean the Giants realize they’d be crazy to give that arm up, Toronto is still willing to explore an extension for Rios. One rumor had the Jays discussing a six-year extension, but a source with knowledge of the negotiations said a four-year pact was more likely. That’d take Rios one year beyond free agency, keeping him with the Jays through 2011.

The Jays have talked to the agent for free-agent catcher Paul Lo Duca and have reportedly offered a one-year deal. Lo Duca has a few more suitors, some of which might be able to offer more playing time. One report had the two sides close to a deal Wednesday night and Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi said the situation might be resolved before the Meetings end. Considering Lo Duca would be in a platoon-type spot with Gregg Zaun, my guess is he’ll weigh his other options before signing with Toronto.

There were reports that had the Mets contacting the Jays about A.J. Burnett and the Dodgers asking about Troy Glaus. Ricciardi quashed both rumors, saying he’s had zero inquiries about either player. I find it hard to believe that no one’s at least asked about Burnett, but the Jays won’t move him for package of prospects — Toronto would want a big-league ready arm in return.

Ricciardi admitted to asking the O’s about Erik Bedard, and there’s certainly a chance he’s also inquired about Oakland’s Dan Haren. In both cases, it’d be really hard for the Jays to pull off a deal. Toronto’s best bargaining chips are at the Class A or Major League level, and it’d be difficult to form a package that would convince the O’s or A’s to take any potential Jays offer over what they could get elsewhere.

The Jays did make one minor move on Wednesday, acquiring outfielder Buck Coats from the Reds for a player to be named or cash. Something tells me cash will suffice at some point. Coats can vie for the 25th spot and fill in as an outfielder or maybe around the infield. He’s hit well in the Minors and has some speed, which would help off the bench. Think Cody Haerther, who the Jays claimed and lost to waivers earlier this offseason, but possibly a slight upgrade.

The Rule 5 Draft is at 10 am ET on Thursday and the Jays could be in play. Toronto’s roster is at 40 after picking up Coats, so the club would have to clear room by 9 am if it wants to make a pick. The Jays may take a chance on an arm to compete for a bullpen job, or they may just stick with the internal options already in place.

That’s all for now. I have to hit the sack so I’m filled with energy for the always riveting Rule 5 selection show. Come tomorrow night, I’ll be the lone body left in the Opryland. I’m not bolting until Friday afternoon, so I can meet up with a relative that lives near here. Good times. Let’s just hope the Johan Santana deal doesn’t go down tomorrow night, because I’ll be the only MLB.com soul occupying the joint.

Later…

9 Comments

I don’t like the deal for LoDuca. The origional plan was a back up for Greg Zaun who could provide good defence and throw guys out.

Lo Duca’s arm is like an old lady and he actually threw out less guys than Zaun. He clearly is not going to be happy being a back up for anyone-so I see a conflict between him and Zaunie with both guys wanting to be number one.

In addition, this move halt’s Robinson Diaz’s move up in June-and Diaz is better than either of these two guys.

Sign Fasano-and save the extra money to spend elsewhere, because this deal is damaging not helpful.

Ive been reading these comments for the last little while and let me tell you this gsumner guy is a little over the top. I couldn’t help but respond when I read the Alex Rios triple crown comments. Is this gumner guy for real. Does his whole life revolve around this Blog Board because every time I have read this it is full of stupid comments. Imagine Dave Purcey Better than Eric Bedard…..Laughable!!!!! Purcey throws maybe 92 with limited stuff. Don’t get me wrong I love the Jays and think JP. has done a formidable job. Manager however has to go! Gsumner’s only good comment. Don’t be fooled by him people…gumner is not the expert some of you may think and never played baseball in his life. The real person we should all be having an issue with is Mr. Ted Rogers!!!! This city has been VERY GOOD to him and his family and just read his Net Worth is now over 7.6 BILLION.I believe the wealthiest owner in MLB. He owes the people of Toronto the same thing Labatts did for this team. Don’t forget not many years have passed since we had the highest payroll in baseball.So I say we need to point blame at Ted and not accept a 90 to 100 MIL budget so quick and think he is being gracious. Toronto is a MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN market significantly larger than Boston and should accept no less.

Ive been reading these comments for the last little while and let me tell you this gsumner guy is a little over the top. I couldn’t help but respond when I read the Alex Rios triple crown comments. Is this gumner guy for real. Does his whole life revolve around this Blog Board because every time I have read this it is full of stupid comments. Imagine Dave Purcey Better than Eric Bedard…..Laughable!!!!! Purcey throws maybe 92 with limited stuff. Don’t get me wrong I love the Jays and think JP. has done a formidable job. Manager however has to go! Gsumner’s only good comment. Don’t be fooled by him people…gumner is not the expert some of you may think and never played baseball in his life. The real person we should all be having an issue with is Mr. Ted Rogers!!!! This city has been VERY GOOD to him and his family and just read his Net Worth is now over 7.6 BILLION.I believe the wealthiest owner in MLB. He owes the people of Toronto the same thing Labatts did for this team. Don’t forget not many years have passed since we had the highest payroll in baseball.So I say we need to point blame at Ted and not accept a 90 to 100 MIL budget so quick and think he is being gracious. Toronto is a MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN market significantly larger than Boston and should accept no less.

rshobie

This is a forum for posting personal opinions and comments graciously sponsored and ran by Jordan. Whether you like or dislike my or anyone else’s comments is your opinion-so post your own and make your point-that’s what this forum is all about.

But to come on here and simply slam me without offering any of your own alternatives shows your immaturity and ignorance. You show your lack of baseball understanding in that you think the only way to improve this team is to throw more money at it. You must be a Leaf fan. lol

So take your comments and stick them where your head is-you know that area where the sun doesn’t shine, assuming you can ever get your head out of the way-which is highly unlikely.

So please post here more often with your own opinions about how to improve the team

As previously stated, these types of blogs are for PUBLIC OPINION. If you don’t like someone’s opinion, then by all means go on and post your own opinion. Don’t go about just bashing anyone and everyone.
I also don’t think anyone is placing Gsumner on a pedestal because he played/didn’t play ball. The fact is he provides his insight. Who are you to judge how often someone is on here blogging? You have no idea about a person’s circumstances or from what walk of life they are from.

If this site is for public opinion tell me what could be wrong with slamming each other from time to time. If somebody doesn’t agree with an idiotic comment, that person should be made aware and put in his place.Nobody on this site knows more about running the Blue Jays than J.P.especially not gsumner! So post away but expect to be open for ridicule and maybe I will put in my 2 cents from time to time.

LoDuca would be a good bat to add. Somewhat like Bengi Molina did to help the 2006 Jays have one of the best offenses in the game. If him and Zaun can combine to bat around 275, with 15hrs….thats pretty solid production out of the catching spot. I think the sum of the whole would be greater than the individual parts. Plus both are getting older and could benifet from reduced workloads

P.S.
cooperstown is already getting Dave Purcey’s plaque ready.

great line rshobie.

Anyway, sumner while I do respect your opinion, I have to disagree with not liking the conflict between Zaun and Paul. Zuan arguably had his best year ever platooning with Molina and I believe Molina is better. Point being that if both guys do want to be the number one guy then it’s an extra incentive to play better (healthy competition.) I’m sure too that if Paul wasn’t willing to except the limited role he’d look at a team with a clear need for a catcher (though most teams who do need one aren’t contenders)

P.s. Still hoping the deal gets done (Rios for Lincicum)

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