Olney On Blue Jays, Fielder, Danks

The Blue Jays appeared to be favored to win the bidding for Yu Darvish, but ultimately lost out to the Rangers. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney takes a close look at what Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has said about the process and repeats that the Blue Jays don’t appear to have come close to matching Texas’ $51.7MM bid. Here are more of Olney’s notes from around MLB…

  • Rival executives say the Blue Jays have been engaged in lots of trade talks for cheaper options.
  • Some executives say Prince Fielder wants a ten-year deal, but a number of clubs are interested in something closer to a six-year contract, Olney reports.
  • Chicago’s asking price for John Danks was “extraordinarily high” before yesterday’s extension, MLB executives tell Olney. The White Sox were looking for a return like the one the Rockies obtained from the Indians for Ubaldo Jimenez in the summer. No teams were willing to match GM Kenny Williams’ asking price, so the White Sox talked extension with Danks.


24 Responses to Olney On Blue Jays, Fielder, Danks Leave a Reply

  1. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    I need to stop reading sentences from the middle, my brain somehow managed to skip “Chicago’s asking price for” in that third bullet point.

  2. I’m surprised the Sox didn’t try to shop Danks more, or at least lower their asking price. He’s no Felix, but he would fit in with several teams and they could of gotten an above average package for him just because of the lack of SP’s available.

  3. northsfbay 4 years ago

    “John Danks was “extraordinarily high” before yesterday’s extension. LOL.

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      Laughing at the dude being “high,” from the SF area…

      Guys! Tim Lincecum is posting on MLBTR!

  4. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    i’ve been expecting the jays to try to pick up kendrys morales on the cheap. seems like something they’d do

    • ukJaysfan 4 years ago

      Maybe LAA will take Mathis back in a package….

    • Shu13 4 years ago

      Keep hoping…he’s not going anywhere until they feel he can’t help the club….or he is sooo good that borASS is going to ask for soooo much when he’s a FA that they trade him then….

      Personally I would love for ALL teams to boycott borASS’s 10yr contract demands….

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        I think the idea of trading Morales has less to do with whether or not they think he’s a good player but more to do with the fact that they have Morales, Trumbo and Trout stuck behind better players (Pujols and Bourjous) or expensive and difficult to move veterans (Hunter, Wells and Abreu) for the 2012 season.

        I don’t think he will be as cheep as other seem to though. If they can’t get decent value in return then maybe they go with some expensive platoons and let Morales prove he’s healthy and move him at the deadline.

        1b- AP
        3b- Trumbo
        LF-Wells 
        CF- Bourjos 
        RF-Hunter
        DH-Abreu/Morales 

        If Trout forces himself then maybe move Bourjos to LF and make Wells an expensive 4th OF ala Matthews Jr? 

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          morales and abreu are not a viable platoon, as they both struggle against lefties. morales couldn’t prove much anyway if he were only platooning at DH

          i think trumbo at third is a pipe dream too. they have too many players for the positions available. maybe it isn’t morales they trade, but somebody gotta go

      • grownice 4 years ago

         When did he say he hoped for him to go to the Jays?

  5. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    White Sox appear to be in a “Phoney” re-build.  They will be doing “the splits” until Dunn and Rios are gone.

  6. AA must not have wanted Danks because the Jays could easily have matched the prospect value that CLE shipped over for Jimenez.

    • kwiell 4 years ago

      Not saying it’s the only reason, but AA seems to value his clubhouse chemistry quite highly and I doubt that Danks calling Bautista an “[explitive] clown” when the Sox were in TO last year would really have made for good clubhouse chemistry. With the added bonus of pissing off his current franchise player, in addition to the high asking price, his decision making probably had more to do with _just_ the prospects involved.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      A lot of teams can match what the Rocks got for Jiminez but the question is, is it the right thing to do?

      • I wouldn’t hesitate to part with 2 top prospect arms and some filler for Jimenez or Danks.

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          Indians may wish they hadn’t.

          • Maybe, but it was justifiable. They were a game out of the division lead at the time. I’ll never hold it against a team trying to compete.

  7. DickHarden 4 years ago

    They’ve been saying that about Fielder ever since Pujols signed. Hurry up and sign with someone besides the M’s. Greedy pig.

  8. So basically, Olney gets paid to “report” the same thing over and over again?

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