It can be a confusing time of the year in Major League Baseball, what with arbitration offers, non-tender candidates, Type A and B free agents, waiver claims and the Rule 5 draft. So it can be tough to decipher what is happening with the team you support and whether there is any truth to the rumors that can emerge.
The Blue Jays are no different, especially with the secrecy that surrounds Alex Anthopoulos' moves. This is what has happened so far and what could be happening.
Dustin McGowan has re-signed with the Toronto Blue Jays for a one-year, $450,000 deal. The former first-round pick hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008 due to a series of injuries. But with this deal, it gives hope that the hard-throwing pitcher will make his return to the mound at some point in 2011.
The Blue Jays are reported by MLB Trade Rumors to be interested in acquiring Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks. While negotiations with the team to acquire their other star, Justin Upton, seemed to go nowhere, there is a chance that the third baseman could be had for a much more reasonable price.
Arizona as a team, led the league in strikeouts last year, by a large margin, and Reynolds had the most on his team. So it is understandable that Arizona would be pursuing a contact hitter in return for the power hitter.
It is also rumored that the Blue Jays are pursuing relievers Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier. The Jays bullpen is up in the air after both Kevin Gregg and Scott Downs turned down their arbitration offers, though Jason Frasor will be returning after accepting his offer.
Both RHP Jeremy Accardo and OF Fred Lewis were not tendered contracts by the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2011 season, making them free agents.
Update: Mark Reynolds was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, December 7th for two relievers.