Late Night Jays Meetings
As expected, catcher Rod Barajas declined the Jays' offer of free agency and the club will receive a draft pick from whichever team signs him.
The latest Doc rumour and the reason that I believe the Angels have a good chance in the Halladay sweepstakes is a the supposed package of catcher Jeff Mathis, pitcher Joe Saunders and outfielder Peter Bourjos. The outfielder is a natural centre fielder that could fit in with the Jays as a right fielder with Travis Snider in left. Saunders may not be the best choice as a mid-rotation starter but he can eat 180 innings and win 12-15 games while the young guys develop.
Mathis is a good defender who could start for a year until the offensive half of the catching duo, J.P. Arencibia develops hopefully by 2011. If the Jays got a fourth guy from the Angels in the deal as a prospect it would only be because Halladay would be given a window of opportunity to sign a long-term extension. What would be required is four years above and beyond his $15.75 million in 2010. Halladay needs to make for five years more cash than A.J. Burnett and less than CC Sabathia. If push comes to shove, Halladay would rather stay in the American League because he hates hitting.