Here’s a rundown of the latest links surrounding the Jays. A few might be a day old, but are worth mentioning nonetheless:
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports notes that free agent Adam Dunn would be a downgrade from Lyle Overbay defensively, but could be an option for the Jays at 1B in 2011. At least it’s easy to know what you’re going to get virtually every game from Dunn: either 0-4 or 1-4, with 2-3 strikeouts.
- MLB Trade Rumors also reported that after settling for a 2-year/$20M deal the last time he was a free agent, Adam Dunn is seeking a 4-year/$60M deal. As someone who isn’t that great in the field and apparently does not want to be a DH, don’t count the Jays in as a serious contender for his services.
- Jason Frasor was on the Fan 590 this morning discussing his decision of accepting arbitration from the Jays. He was quite discouraged about his Type-A status, and conceded that no team was willing to offer him the 2-year deal he was looking for on top of surrendering a draft pick. He still said the right things, about how he’s “okay” with proceeding one year at a time in his career, and that he will be ready to take the ball anytime the Jays give it to him.
- Former Blue Jays reliever and non-tender candidate Brian Tallet has officially ended his tenure with the team after signing a one year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday. He will be used in his ideal role as a situational lefty, and I wish him nothing but the best because he has a great personality off the field.
- The Blue Jays made a lot of minor league coaching announcements yesterday, as per an offical team press release. New to the organization are former Rakuten Golden Eagles (Japan) manager Marty Brown, 19-year veteran catcher Mike Redmond, and 13-year minor league veteran Jim Czajkowski. There’s also information about the 2 new Blue Jays minor league affiliates, the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League and Bluefield of the Appalachian League.
- Former Blue Jays broadcaster and one of the best in the game today, Canadian Dan Shulman, was on the Fan 590 with Bob McCown today shortly after the announcement that he will be the new play-by-play announcer for “Sunday Night Baseball” on ESPN. Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine round out the team, which should make for some exciting commentary in 2011.
- In an interesting look at the Jays’ current depth chart, it shows Rajai Davis in left field, Travis Snider in right field, and Jose Bautista at third base. One has to wonder if that’s what the Jays will look like come Opening Day or if GM Alex Anthopoulos has more wheeling and dealing up his sleeve to improve the club.
- For XM radio subscribers, Ricky Romero was on MLB Network Radio this afternoon with Jim Bowden (via Twitter).
That should be enough to get you by until tomorrow and if not, vote in our 2011 closer poll or feel free to take a browse at some of our older articles!