According to Jim Bowden of SiriusXM’s Inside Pitch, the Toronto Blue Jays are quite confident about their chances of landing either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez. However he does note that, as of last night, an offer has been yet to be made.
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) January 30, 2014
Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports told us the day before that the “the Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources” but also said they “might finally be preparing to pounce.” This matches what Anthopoulos has been telling us lately as he confirmed they have been in ongoing discussions about acquiring a starting pitcher on Wednesday night at the Blue Jays’ State of the Franchise address.
Rosenthal also notes that we shouldn’t read too much the Blue Jays extensive background work on Jimenez and says that although Ubaldo may come cheaper that “does not necessarily mean that he is the club’s preferred choice, sources said.”
There is also some speculation about the possibility of a return to Toronto for A.J. Burnett after Jeff Blair in the Globe and Mail shared that according to a source with another team the Blue Jays have been one of the teams talking with Burnett’s agent. However Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star put that rumour mostly to bed when he said due to a number of factors including the fact he would be more expensive on a one-year basis, “A.J. won’t happen.”
How long until something actually does? I guess for now we will have to just keep waiting.