BALTIMORE — Prior to tonight’s game here against the O’s at Camden Yards, Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston was asked what his wishlist would be for this offseason, if he had the luxury of an unlimited payroll.
Wish Numero Uno was for the Blue Jays to find a way to retain pitcher A.J. Burnett, who will likely opt out of his contract at the end of the year. Gaston then said Toronto would benefit from maybe adding some more power to the lineup. When pressed, Cito offered up some names.
“There’s a few of them out there,” Gaston said. “Giambi is out there. I think the kid down in Texas, Bradley is out there. The guys that have a little pop. I don’t know who else. There’s a few more out there, I’m pretty sure, but those names come to mind.”
Jason Giambi of the Yankees, who has ties to Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi from their days in Oakland, will likely have his $22 million club option for 2009 declined by New York. Milton Bradley, who is having a great season for the Rangers, is due to become a free agent as well.
When told of Cito’s comments, Ricciardi shook his head and laughed.
“Our manager shoudn’t be talking about players that are playing for other teams,” he said with a chuckle. “We’ll see. We’ll see what the market bears. We’ll see what we can do. Our first priority will be to try to get A.J. to see if we can keep him here.
“I think things will build off that. If we get him, then we can do other things. If we can’t, then we’ll try other things.”
TORONTO (84-75) at BALTIMORE (67-91)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Jose Bautista, 1B
Alex Rios, CF
Vernon Wells, DH
Adam Lind, LF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Travis Snider, RF
Curtis Thigpen, C
John McDonald, SS
PITCHING: RHP Scott Richmond (0-3, 5.14)
Brian Roberts, 2B
Nick Markakis, RF
Melvin Mora, DH
Aubrey Huff, 3B
Oscar Salazar, 1B
Adam Jones, CF
Luke Scott, LF
Omir Santos, C
Brandon Fahey, SS
PITCHING: LHP Chris Waters (3-4, 5.06)