Blue Jays Offered Two Years To Scutaro

Talking to's Jordan Bastian yesterday, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos revealed new information about Marco Scutaro.  Anthopoulos said "there was a time when we offered a two-year deal," but obviously the two sides couldn't come to terms.  Anthopoulos finds it unlikely that the Type A free agent will accept arbitration, but said Scutaro would be used in the outfield if he does.

Also, Anthopoulos finds it "highly, highly unlikely" that Type B free agent catcher Rod Barajas accepts the Jays' arbitration offer.  Anthopoulos said of contract talks with Barajas, "it seems the term and the dollars are far beyond what we would feel is appropriate for us."

The Blue Jays have already moved on at shortstop, while the catcher search involves trade possibilities, current free agents, and an eye on the non-tender candidates.  The Jays have draft picks next year at #11, #38, #44, #69, and #75 within the first three rounds.  It appears that they'll add two more supplemental picks and probably a first or second-rounder when Scutaro and Barajas depart.

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