Thursday, November 16, 2006

Morning Briefs...

posted by Jon Williams
Any second now Frank Thomas will sign a two-year $23 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. A bit of a surprise to be sure. I guess the action just couldn't wait this year. The GM meetings haven't been this busy is a long while.

Today's Moves:

The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent catcher Henry Blanco to a two year $5.5 million contract with a mutual option for the 2009 season. Why the Cubs are spending this much on an all field no-hit back-up catcher is far beyond me. I'm sure there will be much more before the day is out.

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Blogger D.A. Humber said...

Reports I've heard indicate it will be 2 years 18 million for the Big Hurt.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 9:47:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

Yeah, I'm hearing the same report now. $10 million in the first year, $8 million in the second with an option year worth another $10 million. Maybe the buyout for the option year is $5 million which would make those two years worth 23 but that's just a guess. Thanks for the update though.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 9:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Fake Teams said...

If you were running the Blue Jays, would you have signed a DH-only with the inability to run (11 doubles in 2006) for 2YR/$18MM?

Fake Teams

Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 5:42:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

Well, I wouldn't have done it. But that doesn't mean it isn't a potentially good move. I probably would have gone with Adam Lind and signed a David Dellucci type as insurance. But if Thomas is healthy he makes it a lot tougher to pitch around Wells and Glaus. He does clog up the bases, no question on that.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 5:52:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Fake Teams said...

I agree. Lind looks like he is ready, and, with Jays fav Reed Johnson in LF, DH was the only place for Lind to get regular ABs.

Somehow, JP signing Billy Beane's $500K gambles to $18MM contracts seems to hint at incompetence.

Not that the world isn't filled with copycat management.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 6:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

The move I'd really like to see from the Blue Jays is Dutin McGowan in the rotation and left alone for a year. Probably won't happen but I think they would be quite happy if they did. Ricciardi has definitely disappointed as far as player development goes.

Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 6:07:00 PM EST  

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