So here is some interesting news for Jays fans. You know how JP has stated that there was no reasonable offer for Roy Halladay? Well according to ESPN’s respected baseball columnist Peter Gammonds here was what was offered to the Blue Jays for Halladay from the Boston Red Sox.
A National League scout was quoted as saying “"I have zero idea why they didn't take the Boston offer."
"The same Toronto scout who told me Boston's offer told me they didn't do it for two reasons."
Initially, the Jays spent days deciding whether Masterson projected better as a starter or a closer and, when they reached a decision, they didn't think he'd succeed in that role. Secondly, "the Jays were worried about Halladay beating them next year."
Okay let’s state the obvious clearly JP was smoking something for NOT accepting that trade, straight and plain. Maybe there are people out there that will disagree with me however assuming that Mr. Gammond’s source of information is correct then this would have worked out very well for the Jays; I can understand that they may have wanted to get two starting pitchers HOWEVER are we forgetting that we already have a plethora of starting pitching with Romero, Cecil, Richmond, Tallet, with Marcum, and McGowan on the mend. So really even if you got Clay Buchholz to add to that you have a young formidable rotation that has re-enforcements if needed due to the injuries that invariably come every year to the Toronto rotation.
I personally would be unconcerned if Masterson was either, why he is a sinkerballing bulldog and whether he was a long reliever or even set up man of some kind then do what they apparently were doing with the Phillies: Switch up the players! Are you telling me with all that pitching (all the players would have been pitchers) you couldn’t ask for Lars Anderson instead of Masterson if that was such a concern? Are you really telling me that Jays management is happy with Overbay at first base? Are you kidding me?, is this some type of sick joke?
Toronto management’s decision making has not been that great for the past 5-7 years so their assessment of Michael Bowden may prove horribly wrong. As for the Halladay factor he likely has 2 more dominate seasons left in him, after that it’s all downhill for him. The Jays will not be in the playoffs any time soon so why that is a factor is beyond me, as any attempt to make the hard decisions seems to be lost on Jays management.
If this report is true (I have recently seen links denying this report) I am deeply concerned about the future of the Blue Jays, as that package likely is as good as it would get for them. Interchangeable parts and substitutions are often are apart of trades, and if the Jays truly turned this down or didn’t submit some sort of reasonable counteroffer regarding the prospects in question (there is no one really off the major league roster that makes any sort of sense in my opinion if this is a true rebuilding effort) again the future is beyond bleak for Jays fans.
In order to invoke change the Jays need to make a concentrated effort to commit to one plan. Too many times have we acted similar to the Pittsburg Pirates by signing broken-down aging veterans and playing them with rookies in an attempt to catch lighting in the bottle. Here’s an idea for Jays management: You see the Florida Marlins?
They are the exception and not the norm so you steal, outbid, outspend and plunder their management and scouting teams to establish good baseball men in the areas where we are lacking (cough, everywhere, cough) as clearly they have some idea how to scout and manage talent. Can you imagine if the Marlins had the Jays payroll? I shudder to think. So while we may not be able to outspend the Yankee’s or the BoSox we can sign top scouting and management talent in order to improve the product on the field. It may take awhile and their may be rioting down at the Rogers Center however following the Marlins baseball model would certainly prove worthwhile in securing the long-term viability of this franchise.