Dec 9, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos talks with reporters during the MLB Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Winter Meetings Notes: Live Blog Day 4

Well folks, the final day of Major League Baseball’s winter meetings are upon us. Today will likely be a mostly quiet day, as the rest of them have been for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rule 5 Draft is later today and Toronto looks to do something there, especially with a 40-man roster spot open. Toronto has the ninth pick in today’s draft, which features some decent talent, but not necessarily anything that will make this team better in 2014. However, as we noted last night, the team has had success in the past with finding a few hidden gems.

10:40am: The Blue Jays have selected right-hander Roberto Espinosa in the Triple-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft, per Gregor Chisholm.

Espinosa, 21, has spent the last 5 seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. In 80 career appearances (37 starts), the right-hander holds a 17-7 record, a 3.42 ERA, and a 7.0 K/9 ratio. He has spent the last two seasons strictly as a reliever and the move appears to have paid off for him. His work in 2013 was definitely a game-changer for him, with Espinosa posting a 2.30 ERA in 21 appearances, growing his K/9 ratio to 10.2 in the process.

9:30am: General Manager Alex Anthopoulos feels like he’s laid down some decent groundwork for moves this winter, but it doesn’t appear like he expects to get anything done before leaving Orlando, according to a pair of tweets from Shi Davidi.

9:00am: The Blue Jays selected Left-handed Pitcher Brian Moran with the 9th pick in the Rule 5 Draft, according to Shi Davidi.

However, before you get too excited, the team swapped the lefty with the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for international cap space, as reported by Gregor Chisholm.

The money must be used on players this season, so the thought here is that the Blue Jays have their eyes set on someone in particular. More on this as it comes in.

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  • Andrew van Laar

    Wow… that was kind of brilliant. We have absolutely no space in out bullpen but we get a quarter of a million dollars cap space to sign an international player. Not too shabby at all!

    • david s

      I wonder if there a target for this quarter of a million dollars in mind already? Is this money destined as part of a larger some to some land east of Canada?

      • Andrew van Laar

        I don’t think the international pool allocation applies to Japanese posting system does it? I am pretty sure it really covers players mostly in the Caribbean and Latin/South America. I could be wrong though but from what I have seen of how much money is allocated to each team, I do not think there is enough to cover a top Japanese import.

        • david s

          Yeah, I did think the sum would be a part of a larger package. Japan is out then, eh? Is the money, All I know is the money has to used for someone who is presently available. Do you believe someone is especially targeted?

          • Andrew van Laar

            I honestly haven’t much. Even after searching I really didn’t find anything. Everything is about already drafted prospects. Maybe Wray of Franzoni can shed some light for us…?

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