Jays Were Looking At Bailey Instead of Aviles

Oct 1, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Andrew Bailey (40) pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Leave it to the powers that be at the Worldwide Leader in Spin Sports, ESPN to churn the rumor mill during an otherwise slow news week for Major League Baseball, outside of the World Series. Just when the John Farrell Saga is seemingly behind us and the Blue Jays appear to be moving on, another tidbit comes in that makes you want to scratch your head.

It appears that before settling on Mike Aviles as the center piece of the compensation coming back to Toronto, Alex Anthopoulos and Ben Cherington were talking about another player; Andrew Bailey.

In a seemingly low-key tweet on Thursday, ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned that the two teams came down to choosing between shortstop Mike Aviles and closer Andrew Bailey.

Bailey’s mention in the deal is an interesting one. The bullpen is actually a position where the Blue Jays will not need to look for much help in the offseason, especially if Darren Oliver returns. Bailey would have been a redundant option, with Casey Janssen and Sergio Santos expected to anchor the pen and Steve Delabar, Aaron Loup, Brad Lincoln already penciled in.

It is also interesting to see how quickly the Red Sox were ready to give up on Andrew Bailey. Despite an injury-plaqed and ineffective season, this is still the closer that Boston gave up Josh Reddick, Miles Head, and Raul Alcantara for. That would have put a significantly different twist on the value exchanged for a manager.

As Olney points out, the addition of Aviles was the smarter move. It gives the Blue Jays a second baseman if they choose to stand pat on that there and work on other needs. It also gives Toronto the ability to move Yunel Escobar without having to rush Adeiny Hechavarria if they choose. Like their sudden surplus of catching, the Blue Jays are suddenly dealing from a position of strength at shortstop, which will allow them to address other needs through trades without necessarily having to raid their pitching riches on the farm.

In other words, the Jays made the better choice, both for the team and for their offseason path.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Spot-Ify/100002984742258 Michael

    Spin it any way you want to, to make yourself feel better, but it’s the Red Sox who chose Aviles over Bailey.

    I mean, think about it. Santos is certainly no guarantee. No idea if he rebounds from surgery as hoped. A total wild-card. Now, Bailey is kind of in the same boat, but he did pitch late in 2012 and was really good, and then really bad. Hard to say what the deal is, but going into the 2013 season, it’s Bailey over Santos in my mind. Bailey had thumb surgery. Santos had shoulder surgery. Huge difference.

    Aviles, was what the Sox were willing to give up. The Jays had an interest and the Red Sox were prepared to move on anyway. They talk about looking outside the organization and names like Elvis Andrews pops up in trade speculation. But, I don’t see that happening. I think the Red Sox got a good look at Pedro Ciriaco, and liked a lot of what they saw. So, I think he’s the Sox starting 2013 SS and I think he steals 50+ bags! Now, he strikes out too much, but I don’t think anyone has spent much time with him to work on that. I think the Red Sox will. They may go get a bench guy, for cheap to give Ciriaco a blow from time to time. But, I don’t see them signing any expensive, older free agent. They’ve been burned plenty over the last decade doing that.

    So, the Jays got what they could, and that was Mike Aviles.