Quick Jays Quirps: 6-Mar-10

Here are some news and notes on Jays happenings:

  • We know the Jays have done some due diligence on Cuban SS Adeiny Hechavarria, and now they are free to bid on him as he has been “unblocked” by the Office of Foreign Controlled Assets. There won’t be any more tryouts, apparently, and it is now time to “show him the money.” If the Jays don’t land this guy I’ll be very surprised.
  • Apparently the other Cuban Jose Julio Ruiz, a 1B, wasn’t happy with the offers he was getting and wanted to re-create his market. So, he got himself a new agent and will likely need to showcase once more. The Jays have also done their due diligence on this player, but he doesn’t seem to “fit” as well as Adeiny into the Jays plans.
  • Scott Richmond won’t be vying for a rotation spot until mid-May or June after going on the 60-day DL with a shoulder impingement. Yet another good reason for the Jays to add competition to the SP depth and it could allow them to start Dustin McGowan if he shows well this spring.
  • There’s a ton of stuff to be happy about in Jays camp thus far. Brandon Morrow and Marc Rzepczynski both looked awesome in their first outings, Jose Bautista killed the Phils last night with 1HR and 2 doubles, and the Jays managed 14 runs that game.
  • Speaking of Rzepczynski, Cito Gaston has stated that he’ll be in the rotation so long as he’s healthy and doesn’t implode between now and the beginning of the season. That makes 3 certain spots, along with Shaun Marcum and Ricky Romero. I’m about 80% certain Brandon Morrow will also make the rotation, making everyone else fight for one spot.
  • Nice J. P. Arencibia article here from Jordan Bastien, well worth the read.

That’s all for this morning folks!

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  • Clint Bradshaw

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if the Jays don’t sign Adeiny, the Yanks and Cubs have the most reported interest as the Yanks see him as Jeter’s eventual replacement. Can’t see the Jays outbidding the Yanks.

  • Mat Germain

    Thanks for the comment Clint, and I certainly don’t think it will be easy or cheap. But here’s what I do know:

    - the Yankees have already made a ton of international investing and have Jesus Montero to deal at some point in return for a SS of the future (my favorite target of theirs is Jiovanni Mier with Houston who could use a replacement at 1B when Berkman leaves). The Yanks have Romine and Gary Sanchez for their Catching future. So that’s how I think they’ll address the SS hole, but here’s the kicker – there are rumours Jeter wants to play another 4 years minium – so what’s the rush? If they spend 20-30 million on Adeiny, they have to substantiate it by playing him at some point. What if Jeter wants to stick around? they can’t really push him out the door now, can they? that’s why I think the Yanks will be outbid, just like they’ve been outbid for other big names before such as Dice K, Michael Ynoa, and most recently Edward Salcedo. they didn’t even look that deeply at Salcedo, which tells me something about their sense of urgency.

    The Cubs have 5 SS prospects in their top 10 prospects according to BA and are rarely active in the international FA market. ‘Nough said.

    Chalk these 2 teams being mentioned as a means to drive up the price. The only reason the Red Sox were not mentioned is because they just picked up Iglesias.

    That’s why I think the Jays will get him. The only real competition I see comes from the Angels, but I can’t see them bidding near 20 million – which is what I expect the Jays ceiling to be. Just my opinion, but I do hope I’m right!

  • ClintBradshaw

    Interesting take, for what it’s worth I really hope your right as well. Off topic, but I hope snider actually makes contact against a righty this spring before Cito makes up his mind that he’s headed back to Vegas.

  • Mylegacy

    Mat – I hope you’re right.

    We’ve no one in the minors who’s near major league ready. It would go a LONG way to making us ready to compete – NO QUESTION!