Monday 19 November 2012

It's Official

The trade has been approved by the league and Bud Selig; Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Emilio Bonifacio are all Blue Jays, while John Buck is a guy.  Gregor has it all at

Said Selig: "After a thorough examination of this information, it is my conclusion that this transaction, involving established Major Leaguers and highly regarded young players and prospects, represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both Clubs, does not violate any express rule of Major League Baseball and does not otherwise warrant the exercise of any of my powers to prevent its completion."  This was, of course, all just a mere formality since it was never going to be rejected ever anyway.

The Jays have DFA'ed Joel Carreno to make room for all these new guys.  Someone's bound to pick him up.  He's got AAAA written all over him, but he could certainly become something of use to someone in the right situation, whether that's in the bullpen or rotation, or just on the Astros.

The Jays also re-signed Bobby Korecky to a minor-league deal, according to the same link above.  Korecky was a depth-related September call-up last year, and spent the other 98% of the season pitching out of the bullpen for the 51's.  Buffalooooooo.

Fangraphs mentions the fantasy implications of Melky Cabrera moving away from pitcher-friendly AT&T Park in San Francisco, and coming to the hitter-friendly Skydome.

I wasn't going to comment on this at all, because most of this shit is just Buster Olney's fault, but Stoeten at DJF pretty well summarized what I've read today on the matter.  Cliffs: The Jays still don't have a manager, despite Buster Olney telling us a few days ago that they were "close" to naming one, and that Jim's Tracy and Riggleman were among the finalists.  Of course, he's only saying that because Toronto is very "in" right now, and he's looking for as many page-views and retweets as possible, because apparently neither is being considered.  Manny Acta was then tossed in to the discussion, only for Enrique Rojas to dismiss that.  So basically, what we've got absolutely no progress and a bunch of lies.

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