Shi Davidi is telling us today that Alex Anthopoulos told him that the organization is going to see a boost in payroll, but that it's not like there's an endless supply of money.
What's worse? All teams are going to have more money this year, thanks to the new TV deals. Cheap fucks!
Rumor has it that the Jays are in heavily on Edwin Jackson and Anibal Sanchez, and, on a lower scale, Brandon McCarthy, Francisco Liriano, and Ryan Dempster. I want McCarthy.
In the same piece, Davidi explores the needs and wants of AA. Obviously the upgrades include 2B and LF as well as the rotation; those are the needs. The wants are the little things, like having Adeiny Hechavarria and Anthony Gose starting their seasons in the appropriate places. Says AA:
"There are scenarios that either one of them could find themselves on this team depending on how things work, the economics and so on," says Anthopoulos. "It’s too early to tell how all that is going to shake out."They both have the ability to be on this team and we could carry them if it strengthens the team and frees up dollars in some other areas. Ultimately, we’d love to have them waiting in the wings in the minor-leagues as well."
As far as stuff goes, The Jays have lost both David Herndon (Yankees) and Scott Cousins (Mariners) on waivers today, per MLBTR. The Jays DFA'ed both within the last few days after claiming them on waivers and trying to slip them through the system for minor league depth.