Day Four wrap up from Winter Meetings

Well … another year of Baseball’s Winter Meetings are officially in the can (pictured above).

Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays essentially left Indianapolis as the same team as they arrived as. No trades, no free agent signings, and no crazy statements from the General Manager. The Yankees, Red Sox, Angels or Phillies could have started laying the groundwork for a Roy Halladay trade, but we won’t know for sure until the official announcement comes down from AA himsef.

He can leap over tall automobiles in a single bound


Earlier today, I posted that the Blue Jays had signed Joey Gathright – it turns out that Bob Elliot from the Toronto Sun led me astray, and that the Jays were merely “looking at Gathright”, and had not officially signed him. Gathright would provide some much needed speed as the third and half outfielder, but we can only anticipate whether or not he will be added to the roster … hopefully on a minor league deal.

Rule 5: Still don’t talk about Fight Club

In the Rule 5 draft, the Blue Jays selected Zech Zinicola (ZZ for short) from the Washington Nationals. If memory serves me correctly, the last Rule 5 pick that the Blue Jays selected who has found success in the majors is Randy Wells.

The Agents of Penny, Wolf and Harden are geniuses

Move over Scott Boras … Brad Penny’s, Randy Wolf’s and Rich Harden’s agents are now officially the new money-sucking experts on the beat. How these guys could extract upwards of $10 million dollars per year from any team is beyond me.

Hell, I wouldn’t even draft Brad Penny, Randy Wolf, or Rich Harden in the first 15 rounds of my fantasy league, so what makes them so desirable this winter? I guess starting pitchers were the flavour of the week in Indianapolis – I’m just glad the Blue Jays didn’t get involved in free agent talks like that.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.