A new post in Sports Illustrated mentions that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in chasing Yu Darvish.
According to the blurb in Sports Illustrated, Paul Beeston claimed that the Blue Jays would increase their payroll to roughly $120 million. Beeston said:
“I don't know when we're going to do it. It could be this year. It could be next year. It's going to be when it's the right deal that's going to put us over the top."
Anthopoulos has already traveled to Japan to watch Darvish pitch. If they were able to make a big splash and sign the young phenom, the Jays would be sitting very pretty with Romero, Darvish, Drabek, Alvarez etc... for the future.
So, let us pretend for a second that the Jays acquire Darvish and spend most of their money on signing him. If that occurs then what else would/ should the Jays spend their money on?
Is there anyone that the Jays could also sign to help Darvish’s acclimation to Canada or the MLB?
If they were able to acquire Darvish, sure up the closer slot with Madson, and have Janssen as the set-up man, the Jays could have a formidable pitching squad. Perhaps with a high-risk low salary vet, the Jays could really push for a playoff spot next year.
So let us start the discussion, if the Jays acquire Darvish, then what else would you want? Let us hear some specific ideas/players that could be acquired and why that is.
As I mentioned, I would like a solid closer like Madson who won't come at a Papelbon price. Also, I would like a veteran with a highly incentive based deal. Otherwise, I don't think there is anything that is immediately necessary.
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