For this edition of the Big League Chew, Ryan (@MuellerRyan11) and I (@JaysFromCouch) thought it would be worth taking a bite out of the piece at Tip of the Tower by Paul Taylor that points out that Casey Janssen is not getting a qualifying offer. By now, there really shouldn’t be anyone who this comes as a surprise to, but it is an interesting point to chew on.
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SD: Casey Janssen is not getting a qualifying offer. SHOCKING! Is there anyone who actually thought he would? $15.3M for a closer is ridiculous anyway. Never mind a closer who has been questionable for the entire second half of the season.
Also never mind the fact that the Blue Jays will be spending tightly this winter despite Beeston’s claims of more money. The only way it would make sense fr them to offer him th e$15.3M is to get the draft pick if he rejects. But, he’ll never reject that kind of money. Not after the year he’s had. Then we’re stuck paying $15.3M for a questionable closer. We need that money for other things.
RM: This guy is a huge Janssen fan, but you’re right, this is the biggest ‘duh’ statement we will hear this offseason. I will miss him but I am sure he will do very well in Cally.
SD: Actually, I don’t even think I’ll miss him. He’s been good in the past, but not lately and not to the point that I’d even pay him half a qualifying offer. Especially when I’m one of those who think anyone can close. Take a look:
RM: I would love to have Casey back next year, not at $14-15MM though.
SD: I’d like to see Aaron Loup in that role. Maybe Cecil. That assumes no additions This winter.
RM: There is still an outside chance that Aaron Sanchez is slotted in this role, *shudder*
SD: I can only reply like this: