Monday, November 28, 2011

Some Off-Season Notes

It has been a quiet couple of day when it comes to actual moves in Free Agency, but there has been plenty of rumors involving the Blue Jays, so here are a few of them, as well as some signing and waiver acquisitions that have occurred.

- Free Agent Closer Francisco Cordero told MLB Network that six teams were interested in him, 1 of which was the Blue Jays.
- The Blue Jays have been rumored to be one of the six teams interested in Rockies reliever Huston Street.
- Ken Rosenthal of Fox reported hat the Blue Jays asked for Clay Buchholz as compensation if the Red Sox wanted to hire away Manager John Farrell from the Blue Jays. This ended the talks immediately
- After losing C Brian Jeroloman to the Pirates off of waivers, the Jays have re-claimed him and is now once again part of the Blue Jays 40-man roster.
-The Blue Jays offered arbitration to four players. Frank Francisco(B), Kelly Johnson(A),Jose Molinsa(B), and Jon Rauch(B). They did not offer arbitration to reliever Shawn Camp.
- Blue Jays catcher Jose Molina signed with the Rays today, ending his two year career in Toronto.
-The Reds are listening to offers for highly touted 1B prospect Yonder Alonso. They are rumored to be asking for a Closer(which the Jays do not have), or a #2 starting pitcher. A Shaun Marcum for Brett Lawrie deal is the type of deal which could get between the Jays and the Reds, but instead would involve Alonso and Brandon Morrow or another pitcher in the Jays massively deep pitching depth chart.
- The Jays have acquired 25 year old second baseman Luis Valbuena from the Indians for cash. Valbuena has the potential to be like Yunel Escobar, but I see him as a solid middle infielder off the bench, just like John McDonald.
- Albert Pujols' agent will be coming to Toronto on Tuesday to meet with the Blue Jays.
- The Rays have granted the Astros permission to negotiate with "The Extra 2%" GM Andrew Friedman.
-The Hotstove will likely heat up next week when the annual winter meetings begin in Dallas.

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