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December 07, 2007

Blue Jays Offseason

So far Blue Jays off-season has been full of a lot of noise without much actual activity. All Ricciardi did at the winter meetings was acquire a couple of minor leaguers. However there has been no shortage of rumors. The biggest claims that the Jays are currently in negotiations with the Giants to acquire right handed pitching prospect Tim Lincecum for Alex Rios. I know the first rule of baseball, you can never have enough pitching but I just do not see this trade helping the Jays. Last year the pitching staff blossomed to the point that we now have 4 very quality starting pitchers when healthy – Mcgowan, Halladay, Burnett and Marcum. This is in stark contrast to our lineup which was downright awful for most of last year. Rios was the only bright spot. Unless we acquire another bat or two a lineup without Rios is a scary thought.

The other rumors are that the Jays are in talks with Paul Lo Duca, the former all star catcher for the Mets, and are looking to sign him to a one year deal. Lo Duca is not what he once was but this would still be a great pickup. Greg Zaun is well past his prime now; his defense is flat out embarrassing and his bat has lost a lot of the pop it once had. Ricciardi is also looking at Matt Clement who did not play last year because of injuries. Clement was always a decent pitcher and if Ricciardi could get him on a short term deal for a low price he would be well worth the money. Adding a quality arm for that 5th spot in the rotation would make this pitching staff elite and the Jays a serious contender in the AL.

Posted by dbrait at December 7, 2007 02:55 PM

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