Just got a call that the Ramon Castro transaction, reported in some places as a sure-fire free-agent, one-year deal, $1 million contract with the Jays is not happening. That moves Raul Chavez back up to the No. 2 role behind John Buck. It looks like the two Jays' catchers would have trouble starting 162 games between them, so look for a further move behind the plate in the new year.
After going through the Jays' post-Halladay roster, it seems the club has four 20-game winners among the 24 names on the pitching part of the roster. Err, that's not 20 games in the same season, that's 20 wins in their careers. The four guys and their career win totals are: Shaun Marcum (24), Scott Downs (22), Dustin McGowan (20) and Jesse Litsch (20).
Combined, the 24 Jays' roster pitchers coming to spring training have combined for 204 career victories. That's 8.5 career victories per man. Further research is required, but two questions jump out. Is this the fewest ever on a Jays' 40-man roster, including 1977 and is it the fewest of any current major-league team? My guess is yes and yes. Anyone that can confirm such an obscure stat is welcome to comment, but what it does say is that this Jays' team is a long way from competing. But then again, we knew that.