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SoGood wrote: i just hope we don't re-sign catalanatto, reed johnson needs to play and lind can be the 4th outfielder...hattig should also definately stick as an extra bat...
these guys need to their reps in the majors

i don't think we necessarily needed to sign frank thomas as our offense wasn't even the problem last yr....
it was lack of middle infielder to play with hill, and injuries to our starting staff...
could have used that money on a couple of starters and middle infielder instead all in the while giving lind and hattig AB at the DH position platooning.

catalanatto was one of our most clutch hitters last year every time i watched him bat with runners in scoring position he came through most of the time for us. i don't think there's any way he's going to come back 'cause i'm sure other teams are attracted to him but i think he was a great player for the jays. on the other hand i don't see lind or hattig playing in the majors just yet we brought them up to see how they would do in the majors near the end of the season but i don't think they're ready just yet. if we're able to resign wells thats a killer 3-4-5-6 with wells glaus thomas and overbay so imo we can keep mcdonald in the lineup for his defense and have him bat 9th.
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The deal is official. 2yrs/18 million, with a $10 M option for Year 3. I think the option was what swayed Thomas to the Jays, b/c the Rangers were offering a basic $18M deal, no option.

2:30 press conference.
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Madchester wrote: The deal is official. 2yrs/18 million, with a $10 M option for Year 3. I think the option was what swayed Thomas to the Jays, b/c the Rangers were offering a basic $18M deal, no option.

2:30 press conference.
I wonder what kind of option it is. Hopefully it is a team option with a small buyout or maybe a vested option. Player option would not be too good since the Hurt will be 41.


Jays should try the posting route and go after Kei Igawa.
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Jays should try to dip into the Asian market, it'll be good for the city and attendance.
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the Sun has rumours of the team dangling Adams, Chacin and Johnson as trade bait.

Of the three, Johnson would have to get the most offers. I just have a bad feeling that he overachieved this season and it's probably time to trade him. Probably my favorite everyday player though....
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If Frank Thomas produces like he did last season, he's going to have a crazy year because the Rogers Centre is such a hitters ballpark. If Wells resigns, that's going to be one big batter's lineup, Rios, Wells, Glaus, and now Thomas. Then you have guys that hit for averages like Reed, Cat, Hill, and Overbay.
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Madchester wrote: the Sun has rumours of the team dangling Adams, Chacin and Johnson as trade bait.

Of the three, Johnson would have to get the most offers. I just have a bad feeling that he overachieved this season and it's probably time to trade him. Probably my favorite everyday player though....
The Jays might be dangling those three and others but I don't put the Sun high on my reliable list. No sources, just a sentence.

I can see Adams and Chacin, but I would think Johnson is so cost-efficient and a leadoff hitter the Jays haven't had since Shannon Stewart became to expensive to be kept. Unless JP plans on putting that load on Rios, I think moving Johnson would be unwise.

Chacin, well he's young earning peanuts. He's lefty and has done alright in his first two seasons. Jays need pitching so I doubt he gets move.

Jays really dont have much in trade bait. Don't want to keep trading those pitching prospects. Maybe trading a hot prospect in Lind for some immediate pitching? Just a thought... I wouldnt do it.
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I think i might be the only one to not like this signing that much :confused: I thought the jays were only going for young talent (atleast thats wat it seemed last offseason) and IMO i think its kind of overpaying for a 38 year old...money that could be better spent on resigning wells and getting some more pitching?
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Any guesses on how long for Gibbons and Thomas to duke it out? Thats like a train-wreck waiting to happen.
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Blue_Thunder13 wrote: I think i might be the only one to not like this signing that much :confused: I thought the jays were only going for young talent (atleast thats wat it seemed last offseason) and IMO i think its kind of overpaying for a 38 year old...money that could be better spent on resigning wells and getting some more pitching?
who says you can't resign Wells and also get pitching?.. it's not like you know how much money is in the war chest..

imo.. i don't think Vernon will stay
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We have no idea how much Ted Rogers will spend on the team this year.
He has lots and lots of money though, so if he wants to spend lots, I don't care.
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gordholio wrote: We have no idea how much Ted Rogers will spend on the team this year.
He has lots and lots of money though, so if he wants to spend lots, I don't care.
The MLB industry is booming right now. Jays are on their way to recovery as well. Getting pitching this year and signing Wells for next year and beyond is not too much related. I think JP is concern with getting the best team for next year to show to Vernon and Ted that Jays can be successful, and then asking for more payroll money would be a lot easier.

Vernon said he wants to stay. Unless something happens, he'll probably feel the same next year. If Jays have the money, why not re-sign here as long as it's fair? Although the Jays seem to be deepest in good outfield prospects right now.

One way for good PR for consumers handing their hefty TV/phone bill to Ted Rogers is by spending some of it on a sports team.
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rdtx2002 wrote: who says you can't resign Wells and also get pitching?.. it's not like you know how much money is in the war chest..

imo.. i don't think Vernon will stay
if vernon doesn't stay i hope they get somebody worthwhile from a trade.

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