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!