Gregor Chisolm (@gregorMLB on twitter) is giving us a whole bunch of stuff right now.
First off, the Jays have sent cash to St Louis as part of the Colby Rasmus trade. They agreed to send either 3 PTBNL or cash considerations along with Corey Patterson, Octavio Dotel and Marc Rzep. We should find out sooner or later through a random trip to Cots someday where I'm bored.
The Jays have agreed to terms with Jesse Litsch and Dustin Mcgowan on contracts, avoiding arbitration. Litsch will make $975k, and Mcgowan will make $600k. Casey Janssen, Brandon Morrow, Carlos Villanueva, Kelly Johnson, Jeff Mathis, Colby Rasmus and Benny-boy Francisco are all still arbitration eligible, but I don't think the Jays have gone to arbitration in like 14 years or something, so expect some resolutions there. Janssen and Villanueva might get a 2-year pact, and Kelly Johnson might as well if he's willing. The rest will likely get 1-year deals or face arbitration. Prediction: the Jays will wait until Morrow is good in the first month or so, and then explore a 4 year extension.
[edit- Mathis, $1.5MM. I'm indifferent.]
Apparently the decision to bring in Ben Francisco was to bolster the bench, according to AA, via Gregor here. But apparently either flipping Francisco, or using him to fill the bench to replace a Snider or Thames (or Davis) " wasn't the thought of it."
Elsewhere, Joel Sherman thinks that the Jays can sign Prince and then use Lind as the centrepiece of a Gio Gonzalez trade. I mean, if people from other fanbases think that Lind could be that valuable, maybe it could happen? I doubt it, but we can dream.