Choose Your Own Contract Extention: Tardy to the Party Recap
So, uh, yeah. School happened. ARC got put into mothballs. Now it’s back. Hooray!
I missed out on just about everything possible to talk about. The Winter Meetings came and went and AA really shook up the team, right? A big free agent signing with everyone getting excited for the new big names that he bet the farm on getting, correct?
Not a chance.
Let’s get the ol’ goose-greased ARC machine up and running again with a recap of departures and acquisitions! These are like the blogging equivalent of a clip show, I know, but let’s do it anyway! Laziness!!!1
SO LONG, FAREWELL, AUF WIEDERSEHEN: Released, Free Agency, Or Otherwise
Shaun Hill, Miguel Olivo, Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg, Lyle Overbay, John Buck, Brian Tallet, DeWayne Wise, Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis, Jerrett Hoffpauir, Taylor Buchholz and possibly more to come.
Downs will probably be the most universally missed by Jays fans. But let’s face facts: he’s 35 and looking for (and got) a multi-year contract worth a fair chunk of change. The two picks the Jays get from him, regardless of the one coming from the Angels not being in the first round, is worth more.
John Buck and Kevin Gregg are either looking to or already have cashed in on promising seasons and the first two get the Jays draft picks that they can use. John Buck was fine as the main backstop last year, but now is the time for JP Arencibia to step in so there is no room for him. Gregg can and will be replaced for someone cheaper. That’s not to say he’s horrible, but he’s not exactly a one-of-a-kind closer either. (Case in point: Blue Jays are in on “Doc” Octavio Dotel. A cheaper version of Gregg that K’s and BB’s a little more but gives up less hits.)
Shaun Hill, Fred Lewis, Lyle Overbay and DeWayne Wise are all non-tender candidates for a reason: You can find similar or better players on the market for less. Like the Gregg situation, they’ll all be shopping there wares elsewhere. Unlike the Gregg situation, they aren’t ranked on the Elias scale and therefore don’t get draft picks back for the Jays. Jeremy Accardo will finally be set free after holding his breath until he turned the same blue as the Las Vegas 51’s jersey.
Hoffpauir and Buchholz were picked up by other teams through the waiver process. They were non-factors on the Jays last year. Buchholz would be interesting to get back, but I’d rather have kept Casey Fien at the start of Spring Training all the way to now.
Miguel Olivo you didn’t even play for the Jays last year what are you doing on the team? Type B FA, Sandwich pick, yadda yadda yadda, AA’s a genius. Moving on.
Brian Tallet… I will remember you~
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Danny Farquhar, Trystan Magnuson, Shawn Marcum
Lord Farquhar and Magnuson were traded for speedy outfielder Rajai Davis. I miss Farquhar already. Davis is either a 4th outfielder type or, if he ever gets it all together, a starting outfielder. He changes from year to year.
Shawn Marcum got traded for 2B/3B/LF/RF (depending on who you ask) Brett Lawrie. It’s a good trade. Sell high on a 30 year old control pitcher that hit his potential and could only come down for a blue-chip prospect at a position(s) you aren’t deep in. If I hear one more asshole talk about Marcum being the opening day starter and “WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET ANOTHER GUY LIKE THAT EVER AA IS A STUPID” I swear it’ll be the end of me.
I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU SAY GOODBYE I SAY HELLO
It appears that Jason “Sausage King of Chicago” Frasor will be back to pitch 8th innings and constantly be a tease for the closer role next year. I’m okay with this. He’s a fine enough bullpen arm, just keep him for the 8th.
Just when you thought it was over, IT returns. Woah… Encarnacion. Edwin Encarnacion is back for another go. This time, as the platoon-mate of Adam Lind at first base and the DH spot. They compliment each other, Adam hitting righties and Edwin hitting lefties. It’s the traditional platoon. Learn it, love it, live it.
Again, one more comment about “CAWRLOS PENNA ZOMG WE DIDN’T GET HIM AND HIS BLOWTED CONTROCT 5TH PLAEC” and I’m turning this franchise around and we’re going home.
GETTING TO THE DEPTH OF THE MATTER
Corey Patterson, Winston Abreu, Ryan Budde, Sean Henn, Mike Hinckley, Brian Stokes, probably more.
Depth. All depth moves. Maybe Patterson makes a move for a bench spot and a platoon with Davis. Big maybe.
Oh hi, Sean Henn. Didn’t see you leave. Good to have you back.
That’s about it. Anyways, quiet but efficient offseason that most people have looked at the wrong way. Baby steps people. Gotta crawl before you walk.