No News on Granderson Yet
*The first real buzz of these meetings swept through the press room with news that the discussed three-way deal which would have Curtis Granderson ending up a Yankee, Edwin Jackson a Diamondback and Max Scherzer and outfielder Austin Jackson ending up as Tigers is percolating once again. The other names involved may be the problem as the D'backs want to hang on to as many of their own prospects as possible, while selling Scherzer as a future top of the rotation guy. That's a tough sell.
How does that proposed deal, if it goes through, affect the Jays' with the Yankees for Halladay? It was never going to be both Jesus Montero AND Austin Jackson in the Jays-Yankees deal, so the talks may still be able to survive. However, the Jays still have other options out there. Multiple sources have suggested the Angels are still interested, while the Phillies and Red Sox are both laying in the weeds quietly monitoring the proceedings. The Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti following the restructuring of the executive offices indicated that despite the recent non-tenders to his own free agents that the Dodgers' payroll will not decrease from $100 million and may in fact increase. "What's up, Doc?"
*One National League general manager that has sat down across the room from Alex Anthopoulos labelled him "earnest and hard-working" but did not envy the fact that his first trade being handed to him will likely be the one that defines his tenure.
*The Sun's Bob Elliott finished second in the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award voting for induction into the Hall-of-Fame next summer. The winner was Bill Madden of New York. The award is given for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing." Elliott's contributions to baseball writing in Canada especially with regard to growing the game nationally are unparalleled.
The Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations contributions to the game by non-uniformed personnel was awarded to Pat Courtney, vice-president public relations for MLB.