AL East Links: Johnson, Orioles, Ortiz

Blue Jays prospect Travis d'Arnaud will have surgery to repair torn ligaments in his thumb after getting hurt while catching for Team USA at the World Cup in Panama, reports Bob Elliott of The Toronto Sun (on Twitter). Toronto acquired d'Arnaud from the Phillies in the Roy Halladay trade, and he's considered one of the very best prospects in all of baseball. Here are some links from the AL East…

  • Gregor Chisholm of says one of the first things the Blue Jays have to do this offseason is figure out if Kelly Johnson fits into their long-term plans. "I thought Kelly did a nice job, and he's definitely in the mix for us," said GM Alex Anthopoulos. "We have an opening, he is a free agent, and in the coming weeks, we'll certainly reach out to his agent and talk to him, but it's hard to characterize where any of that is going to go."
  • The Orioles may expand their GM search beyond the names that have already been mentioned, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun says regardless of who is hired, their first priority will be fixing the team's player development system.
  • In another tweet, Olney speculates about a possible fit between the Blue Jays and David Ortiz. The soon-to-be-free agent DH would be a veteran mentor for their younger hitters, and he's close to Jose Bautista.

28 Responses to AL East Links: Johnson, Orioles, Ortiz Leave a Reply

  1. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Anything more than a 1 year deal for ortiz would be too much. 

    • gradylittle 4 years ago

      Old DH’s don’t seem to get anymore than 1 or 2 year deals anyway. 

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        Yah, I just wouldn’t want him for 2 years.. guys like Ortiz don’t age gracefully, one day they wake up and they can’t hit.  I don’t want another frank thomas incident

    • BenchedMark 4 years ago

      If AA  were to sign Oritz, I`d bet my hat its a 1 + option. 

  2. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    toronto’s draft pick is unprotected. good luck dave

    *blue jays then sign wilson too*


    • ARodinyourPujols 4 years ago

      They have a protected pick at 22 though. I think Ortiz is a good fit, but I don’t think they sign him unless they sign a higher ranked free agent first and only give up a second rounder for David. 

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        that’s what i was saying. they’ll sign ortiz, i’ll be happy about the 17th overall pick, then theyll sign wilson and crush my dreams into dust

        • ARodinyourPujols 4 years ago

          Totally forgot that you were a Red Sox fan, makes perfect sense now. 

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      is papi a lock to be offered arb?

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        definitely. they’d be happy to pay him big money if it meant only a one year guarantee

  3. BoSoxSam 4 years ago

    Yes, the Ortiz-Bautista connection is very important. Cause it’s not like he’s close with many people, he’s clearly a very quiet personality.

  4. wilponsmustgo 4 years ago

    I thought AA was smart for trading for Johnson. For starters the Jays saved a little money and got a close up look at him. If he is offered arbitration and declines (I think he is a type A, if not definitely a type B) they will get a draft pick(s). If they want to resign him now it won’t cost a draft pick. The Jays have done such a good job of stockpiling picks that they can afford to sign a couple type A’s. 

  5. icedrake523 4 years ago

    Ortiz sure was a good veteran mentor for the Red Sox last month…

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      for that young inexperienced impressionable roster

      • johnsmith4 4 years ago

        I think I am going to buy a KFC Franchise in downtown Toronto by next summer.

  6. gradylittle 4 years ago

    He’s real loyal, that Ortiz, would never bad mouth the sox clubhouse or say ANYTHING good about the yankees. 

    • bacboris 4 years ago

      I remember some parable about Loyalty being earned. Might be tough to pick up that kind of loyalty when your ownership and management are so quick to throw people under the bus.

      • gradylittle 4 years ago

        Good point. But at the same time going out and complementing the Yankees isn’t exactly the best thing to do if you’re even remotely interested in restoring the team’s clubhouse. I mean he’s got a right to be pissed, but still not the smartest thing to say or do. 

  7. StanelyHudson 4 years ago

    Not to sound racist but don’t all Dominican players have a strong bond with one another?

  8. MaineSox 4 years ago


  9. Sniderlover 4 years ago

    What is wrong with you?

  10. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    Well…I have looked at Friedman’s Rays….most impressive…he built the Rays through smart drafting.  Now I await your reply where you criticize AA’s draft choices from 2003 to 2009 and ignore what he did in 2010 & 2011.

  11. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    possibility #1 didn’t get hugged as a child

    possibility #2 was a huge jays fan, took first and only date to jay game, she ended up going home with jp arencibia.

    possibility #3. possibility #1 & #2 combined

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