- Jacob Anderson: Drafted 35th overall in 2011, in the 1st sandwich round. He was taken as compensation for the loss of St. Patrick himself, Scott Downs.
- Downs was released by the Expos in 2004 and latched on with the Jays. He started in the system as a starter/swingman, but turned in to one of the most reliable and consistent relievers in the majors. He gave the Jays 408 innings and 8.4 WAR, typically in high-leverage situations.
- Joseph Musgrove: Taken 46th overall in 2011, also in the 1st sandwich round. He was taken as compensation for the loss of John Buck.
- Buck signed a 1-year deal with the Jays before the 2010 season, giving the Jays 1.5 WAR over 118 games. He signed with Miami the next offseason for 3y/$18MM.
- Dwight Smith: Taken in the 1st sandwich round in 2011, 53rd overall. He was taken as compensation for the Jays loss of Kevin Gregg (haha).
- Gregg signed a 1 year deal with Toronto before the 2010 season, and he put up 1.0WAR over 59 innings (37 saves!).
- Kevin Comer: Taken in the 1st sandwich round in 2011, as compensation for the loss of Miguel Olivo.
- Olivo was acquired for cash considerations, was offered arbitration, and never played a game with the Jays. AA more or less bought a draft pick.
- Daniel Norris: Taken in the second round of the 2010 draft. The Angels signed Type-A, Scott Downs, which should have given the Jays a 1st rounder, but the Angels had a pick in the top 15 slots, which protected their first rounder, giving the Jays the Angels' 2nd round pick. The Jays took Norris, who was a first round talent, but was considered to be a tough guy to sign. Never fear.
- Aaron Sanchez: Taken in the 1st sandwich round in 2010 (34th overall) for the loss of Marco Scutaro, who signed with the Red Sox. Typically, the Jays would have gotten the Red Sox' first rounder, but they signed John Lackey as well, so Anahein got the first round pick.
- Scutaro was acquired from Oakland in 2007 for Graham Godfrey and Kristian Bell. Scutaro played two seasons in Toronto as a starter for the first time in his career, and was very effective, giving 9.3 WAR in 289 games.
- Bell was taken in the 11th round of the 2006 draft, and spent a few years in Oakland's system, never getting above AA. He's been out of baseball since 2009.
- Godfrey was drafted in the 34th round in 2006. Over parts of 2 seasons, he's been worth -0.3WAR.
- Justin Nicolino: Taken in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft, also as compensation for the loss of Marco Scutaro.
- Asher Wojciechowski: Taken in the first sandwich round in 2010, as compensation for the loss of Rod Barajas.
- Barajas played 2 seasons in Toronto, compiling 2.1 WAR, hitting 30 HR's over 837 PA's, and then signed with the Mets.
- Noah Syndergaard: Taken in the 1st sandwich round in 2010, as compensation for the failure to sign James Paxton.
- Paxton was drafted in the 1st sandwich round of 2009, as compensation for the loss of AJ Burnett, who signed a 5y/$82.5MM deal with the Yankees after the 2008 season.
- Burnett was signed as a free agent by Toronto after the 2005 season, to a 5 year, $55MM deal, though Burnett opted out of the final two years and $24MM to test the free agent market. In three years with the Jays, he was worth 6.0WAR over 522 innings.
- Kellen Sweeney: Taken in the 2nd sandwich round in 2010, as compensation for the failure to sign Jake Eliopoulos. The Jays drafted Eliopoulos again in 2011, this time in the 43rd round. Again, he didn't sign.
- Marcus Knecht: Taken in the 3rd sandwich round in 2010, as compensation for the failure to sign Jake Barrett.
- Jake Marisnick: Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft. That selection was given to the Blue Jays as compensation for the loss of AJ Burnett. Typically, the Jays would get the Yankees' first rounder, but the Yankees had signed two other higher ranked Type-A's that offseason (Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia, if I'm not mistaken). Marisnick is looked at by scouts as a 5-tool future big leaguer.
- Kevin Ahrens: Chosen 17th overall in 2007 by the Jays, as compensation for the loss of Frank Catalanotto. Ahrens is 23 and is still in high-A ball, for his 4th try.
- Catalanotto signed a 3 year, $13.5MM deal with Texas, as a Type-A fere agent. He signed in Toronto as a free agent in 2003 for 4 year and $10MM, giving the Jays 5.9WAR over 4 seasons and 1800-ish PA's all over the field.
- Justin Jackson: Also taken in the 2007 draft, he went 45th overall (1st sandwich), also as compensation for the loss of Catalanotto. He is currently in AA New Hampshire, and might maybe have some kind of future as a bench guy.
- Trystan Magnusson: As mentioned in part 1, Magnusson was chosen in the first sandwich round in 2007, as compensation for the loss of Ted Lilly. He was traded for Rajai Davis, but was re-acquired recently for cash. He had a quick cup of coffee for Oakland last year (sucked), and he is currently rehabbing an injury in High-A Dunedin.
- Anthony Gose: Acquired via trade for Brett Wallace. Gose was drafted by the Phillies, and was an untouchable in the Roy Halladay negotiations, but was eventually made available to Houston in the Roy Oswalt deal. Depending on who you ask, Gose is the Jays' top prospect. He's just 21 playing in AAA, and is sporting a .280/.360/.413 slash line (in Vegas) with some apparently amazing defense.
- Wallace was acquired from Oakland for Michael Taylor.
- Taylor was part of the Roy Halladay trade, along with Kyle Drabek and Travis d'Arnaud.
- Chad Beck: Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for David Eckstein. Beck was drafted by the Jays in the 43rd round of the 2004 draft, but didn't sign. He appeared in 3 games in 2011, getting 2.1IP. His AAA numbers are pretty mediocre over 62 IP, but again, Las Vegas.
- Eckstein signed a 1 year, $4.5MM deal with the Jays before the 2008 season, and provided 0.0 WAR in 76 games and 303 PA's.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Roster Foundation, Part 3
A bit of a wrinkle, for this one. I'm going to look through the farm system, and see how most of those guys came to the system. There is a very, very good chance that I miss multiple guys, but that's just something I'll have to live with, I suppose. There are obviously a billion guys in the system, so anybody who was drafted with a pick that already belonged to the Jays will be simply ignored. I'm just looking at guys who came via trade, or who were drafted in a spot that was given to the Jays as compensation (either for losing a Type-A or Type-B free agent, or for the failure to sign a player picked in the first three rounds). Just thinking about this before writing, this is probably going to be rather lengthy.
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