The morning links, a little late but all the more precious for it:
Did you get the impression last night, following along the A.J. Burnett sweepstakes, that the sub-.500 pitcher (career record, 49 wins, 50 losses) was playing the Jays? First it was no. Then it was yes. Then it was maybe. ESPN's Peter Gammons reported the Jays' 5-year, $55 million was a done deal around the supper hour, keeping the drive-home crowd and cyberhotstove well stoked. And eight or nine hours later, it appeared to be just that.
Jeff Blair at the Globe reports these numbers: $7 million the first year, and $12 million per for the next four years (which, according to my math, would leave $5 million in the $80 million payroll kitty to add a hitter). Geoff Baker here at The Star says it could have been worse, the Jays refusing to go to $60 million during the chicken game. Everyone says an announcement will come today.
Whew. That's $102 million the Jays have committed for two arms, but they still don't have the big bat they'll need to stamp themselves as true contenders. Rich Griffin is not impressed.
More baseball: It's never too early to start thinking about the World Baseball Classic.
With the draw on Friday, the World Cup seedings have been released. Good news for England and Mexico, not so good for Holland or Portugal, just to name a couple.
As for the Raptors, J.E. Skeets has a nice vid catch: Joey Graham abusing Vince Carter.