Blue Jays Notes: Fielder, Beltran, Cash

The Blue Jays held their State of the Franchise event tonight and president Paul Beeston, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager John Farrell offered insights into the team’s past moves and future plans. The details:

  • Beeston expects the Blue Jays to make the postseason two or three times in the upcoming five seasons, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet Radio FAN 590 tweets.
  • Beeston said the Blue Jays did not view Prince Fielder as a fit because of his contract demands, Wilner tweets. Fielder signed for nine years, but the Blue Jays don’t offer players anything more than five.
  • Anthopoulos said two free agents turned down more years and more money from the Blue Jays to sign elsewhere this offseason, Wilner tweets.
  • Anthopoulos said the following about Carlos Beltran: "some guys don't want to play on turf, no matter how much you pay them. Some guys don't want to DH." (quote via Wilner on Twitter)
  • Farrell said former MLB catcher Kevin Cash will be an advance scout for the Blue Jays in 2012, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star tweets. The Blue Jays signed Cash as an amateur free agent in 1999 and he played in Toronto for three years. He last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2010.


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130 Comments on "Blue Jays Notes: Fielder, Beltran, Cash"


sourbob
3 years 6 months ago

If that’s true about Beltran refusing to play on turf, good for him. It’s depressing how many guys with lingering health issues will throw concern to the wind if a team that plays on turf writes a big enough check. It’s kind of refreshing that being healthy enough to play baseball is more important to some guys.

3 years 6 months ago

Very much so agreed, One thing I noted about Beltran as he was a Met, he wasn’t an idiot, he knew when to not listen to the Mets FO when he had an injury. He seemed like a guy who legitimately wanted to play as much as he could.

3 years 6 months ago

Or maybe he was thinking that if he plays on turf he might hurt himself which would prevent him from earning a bigger/another paycheck in the future. 

3 years 6 months ago

this was his last payday.  The guy is going to be 37 when his current deal expires.  He should be thankful for 26 million IMO

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

” It’s depressing how many guys with lingering health issues”

Everytime think of career and long term injury to a superstar player from turf, think of Andre Dawson having to play on the worst field in history.. Exhibition stadium in Montreal that wrecked his knees and took one of the best 5 tool players in the game and made him a cripple from the waist down.

That field should have been torn down after the Olympics.

crashcameron
3 years 6 months ago

I sat there through Black Monday. the Big Owe should have been torn down the moment it was built. 

guydavis
3 years 6 months ago

Why do the Blue Jays still play on turf? Is it that expensive to replace with the real stuff? Or is it maintenance?

David Burnett
3 years 6 months ago

Skydome holds a lot of other events such as the CHL’s Argos home games, concerts, and Monster Jam. Im all for the real stuff but unfortunately it won’t happen until they can sort these out. 

Train_wreck1232
3 years 6 months ago

sd

Train_wreck1232
3 years 6 months ago

I never understood the grass/turf argument. Why is this such a huge deal in the MLB and a non-issue in the NFL? It’s not like there playing on astro-turf anymore. Please enlighten me as I just don’t understand this

johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

Watched it and was very disappointed.  I was hoping/expecting Angry3 to show up and get tossed from the event.

GSJays
3 years 6 months ago

Angry 3 isnt a season ticket holder

johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

Oh….I just assumed he was because he keeps claiming Blue Jays season ticket holders are really duuumb.

FunkyTime
3 years 6 months ago

I don’t even know who this guy is, but I still find that comment funny enough to like.

renegadeisback
3 years 6 months ago

I think he did show. Re: “You paid too much for Colby Rasmus”.

johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

Ha Ha…yep…I thought of Angry when I heard it.  John Farrell sure “talked back” to that guy.

Steelslayer
3 years 6 months ago

Loved that…are people really that dumb.  You would think that anyone who has season tickets and goes to that event, would have the brains to see that what he actually traded had no real long term value for the Jays

3 years 6 months ago

i nearly coughed up a lung when i heard that one. even if colby completely busts, the jays still arent likely to miss any of the pieces they gave up. 

state of the franchise attracts all kinds of fans, they had the usual “we need more canadians” crowd too.

3 years 6 months ago

Lot of TOUGH lefties in the AL east.  Rzep will be missed

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

Not really, they have Oliver now and Cecil will be in the pen eventually

3 years 6 months ago

41 year old looked good in game 6 from a cards perspective

dylanp5030
3 years 6 months ago

Joey Votto 2014 Jays 1B.

That’s my prediction…if anyone cares haha

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

I’m hoping Dodgers. That guy is a beast. I want him on my team.

dylanp5030
3 years 6 months ago

Makes sense as well, but Joey is Canadian born and will likely accept a lesser deal to be closer to his family.

3 years 6 months ago

i guess that’s why he lives in florida in the offseason. 

go_jays_go
3 years 6 months ago

Athletes pay two state/provincial income taxes:
1) state of work
2) state of primary residence

Votto’s primary residence is Florida because Florida doesn’t charge a state income tax. However, Votto still pays income tax to the state of Ohio. (Cincinnati is located in Ohio)

For example:
When Sosa played for the Cubs, he decided to also make Chicago his primary residence. Thus the state of Illinois charged him with two income tax slips.

Many athletes choose to live in Florida to avoid being taxed a second time. Other states without a state income tax include: Texas, Delaware, New Hampshire, Texas, Nevada, etc.

Shikikazu
3 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if Votto wants close to or more than what Fielder is getting, if the Blue Jays won’t go over 5 years to at least 8 at 24 per I don’t like their chances since he is the only hitter of that caliber for the presumable future and will have a lot of negotiating power.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

why would they go over for votto but not for fielder

3 years 6 months ago

Votto is two times the player Prince is

3 years 6 months ago

Don’t count on a lesser deal!!!! Cards fans thought the same about Albert! Better plan on writing the Biggest Check…

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

Jon Jay 2013 Jays CF!

I’m kidding, although I really wouldn’t mind it.

3 years 6 months ago

I like Jay.  He may not have the big bat that others do, but he at least doesn’t go through one week of good stats then three weeks of slumps like Rasmus does.  Oh, and he isn’t afraid of catching a damn ball either.  I’m looking at you Rasmus.

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

No ,Jay goes a month hitting the ball, then we trade a starter, then he goes into a 3 month slump.

Steelslayer
3 years 6 months ago

Watched it as well…

To their credit they have been consistent with their approach and in what they have been saying all along.  They won’t make the knee-jerk reaction move at the risk of losing long term sustainability.  As much as I wish they made the big splash, they are probably doing the right thing by exercising patience.  They will have to re-evaluate at mid-season, as they have real question marks with some of the young players: Rasmus, Drabeck, Snider, Thames, etc once they see what happens they will plan their next course of action

3 years 6 months ago

skydome is also used for the argos football team, as well as for big ticket concerts like U2, Metallica, etc. That’s why the field turf is sectioned – it gets pulled up any time they have a different thing there.

rogers should probably, imo, bite the bullet and get into step with the rest of the league and make it a baseball only facility

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

How long before Rogers digs up the concrete and lays down natural grass? All it takes is some of their pocket change, time, and telling the Argos to take a hike (who really cares about the CFL anyway..)?

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

i’d rather them look in to an outdoor park..

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

I would too. Something like Safeco–always outside, but with a retractable roof–would be welcome.

I hate to admit it, but the SkyDome just looks like a deformed egg had been laid by a Pterodactyl. Not very attractive.

3 years 6 months ago

i’m sure rob ford would see to it that no ‘gravy’ liek that would flow from the city to the team.

the best we might hope for is that they put grass in the skydome. anyone expecting a new stadium to be built when they can’t be bothered to sign players for their team is dreaming. anyone that thinks the taxbase of the city/province is going to fund a new stadium is likewise…dreaming.

Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

+10 for pterodatcyl

also, funny how 25 years ago the skydome was a huge mark of modern architecture, boy does time fly

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

Doesnt it get really cold in like September? Toronto being by the lakes and all. Imagine a game there in September/early October if they make it to the world series. Unless of course it had a retractable roof then it would be a good idea. 

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

It doesn’t get cold until late October in Toronto.

Morley C
3 years 6 months ago

Actually it’s really warm in September. October this past year too.

owlssc
3 years 6 months ago

How about just moving somewhere else? I’ll bet there’s a city somewhere in the states that will draw more than Toronto.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Like Tampa Bay or Oakland, right? Please.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

I think the Jays are fine in Toronto. I would much rather have the A’s move to Vegas or North Carolina. 

3 years 6 months ago

it was december before i had my winter jacket out.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

I’m still driving with my windows down, and it’s 30°F out.

3 years 6 months ago

i have no idea what that arcane system of measurement means…is that like more or less than the point at which water freezes?

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

No clue. I only threw the “F” out there too cause I can’t even spell fairandheight.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 6 months ago

Global warming? I live in Pennsylvania and here its still around 40-50 degrees most days. There has been no winter whatsoever, more like a cold fall. 

Rangersalchamps
3 years 6 months ago

I hear ya man. Here In Texas it has around 70 degrees all winter long. It usually sits in the 40’s and ocassionally drops down into the 20’s and 30’s in Jan and Feb. Abnormal winter to say the least

BrettLawrieBiggestFan
3 years 6 months ago

The thing is that its cold as F in Toronto in April and September so unless you want to sit in games when its 46 Fahrenheit be my guest, and  it snows in may too so..

3 years 6 months ago

do you live in toronto? september is still summer. i was sweating at the last game i went to (against the angels, i think) and moved to the shady side of the stadium

Jaysfan724
3 years 6 months ago

Woah dude, you’re totally right!

If only they had a roof that could retract…

jwsox
3 years 6 months ago

It also snows in may some times in new York, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philly, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado and KC too what’s your point. Over half the league is in cold weather cities and guess what the other half has to travel to these cold weather cities. Also toronto is just north of Detroit meaning it’s never really cold has f in September

WestCoastJaysFan
3 years 6 months ago

Cold in Toronto?  Haha.  Try watching the Stamps play at McMahon or the Winter Classic last year.  We’re talking -35 degree weather.

bvw87
3 years 6 months ago

Can you really blame beltran…geez

TheHotCorner
3 years 6 months ago

That was my first thought.  It’s not like Beltran is in his early 20’s with no history of an injury.

3 years 6 months ago

I don’t know a whole lot about the Blue Jays organization or a whole lot about their stadium and all that but you’d think that if they have constant problems with not being able to sign players because of the turf they’d consider going to real grass. maybe it’s a money issue, maybe it’s a weather issue, I don’t know perhaps someone can clear that up for me but if there isn’t any kind of issue like that then why do they continue to use turf?

johnsmith4
3 years 6 months ago

They make money on other events…concerts (U2 Metalica etc) football (CFL & NFL) etc

s_t_w
3 years 6 months ago

Toronto is pretty pretty much on the same latitude as San Francisco and Denver. It is 200mi east of Detroit and gets much the same weather as Boston, New York, Cleveland, Detroit etc. As I understand it, there are two problems with putting in grass: one is a johnsmith4 says, they use it for concerts, monster truck shows, football and the like. The other is that when it was built there were no provisions made for the drainage that would be needed for a natural grass stadium. It could probably be done, but guessing it would be pretty costly. A natural grass field with the retractable roof would be just perfect if they could do it. Not holding my breath, though.

3 years 6 months ago

What map are you looking at?Toronto is by no means on the same Latitude as San Francisco or Denver (cold because of it’s mile high status) It gets the same weather as Buffalo Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and rochester. NY and Boston are by the Ocean and thus get less extreme weather.

s_t_w
3 years 6 months ago

Artificial turf, an ownership group whose commitment to winning is questionable and the prospect of 24 trips through customs conspire to make it difficult to attract free agents to Toronto. Its a shame too, because Toronto is one of North America’s finer cities: safe and clean (as big cities go) with lots to see and do in a multicultural environment where there is as much racial diversity and tolerance as you’ll find anywhere in North America. For Americans, the fact that they are going to a different country with different laws, schools, money etc. factors into it as well. In the late 90’s when the Jays were one of the best teams in baseball, Toronto was a desirable destination. But that was a different era and its been a tough sell of late.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Ok now I’m getting worried. The article is 50-minutes old and still no Angry3. Can someone confirm that he did in fact take his meds today?

stl_cards16
3 years 6 months ago

He’s still at “Occupy State of the Franchise”

3 years 6 months ago

for those confused americans, toronto basically has the same weather as detroit.

minesota is farther north and colder than toronto, for example.

MrBaseball29
3 years 6 months ago

They’ll be lucky to be .500 better yet playoffs

shockey12
3 years 6 months ago

UFC 150

Mandela vs Dalai Llama

Followed by a U2 concert which will be jumped by a monster truck.

I’d pay to see that too

3 years 6 months ago

Only if there’s an Elvis impersonator and fireworks added to the bill.

Morley C
3 years 6 months ago

Oh yeah, and the CFL. They use it too. They can have a corner of the field.

3 years 6 months ago

God I hope so.  Bautista’s eyes aren’t getting any younger!!  Bazing!!

Seriously though, as an O’s fan I applaud the Jays “we totally aren’t cheating” initiative.  Someone’s gotta do it to those damn Yankees.

3 years 6 months ago

you know they play in a stadium with a retractable roof, right?

edit- heh. too slow.

johnsilver
3 years 6 months ago

Astrodome had grass the 1st season and clear glass panels in the roof.. problem was the grass wouldn’t grow and they tore it out and planted the plastic turf…

3 years 6 months ago

When you think about it, installing grass might be the best thing possible to get some buzz going about baseball. If you can grow grass indoors (pun intended), you should be able to maintain the real thing.

3 years 6 months ago

The two hits they initially got off of Oliver were bloopers. There’s not alot any player could do about them.

3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, it starts snowing in Mid-August.

Jaysfan724
3 years 6 months ago

You’re right…they totally should not have replaced Rajai Davis, Juan Rivera, Jayson Nix, Jo-Jo Reyes, Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco with Colby Rasmus, Eric Thames, Brett Lawrie, Henderson Alvarez, Francisco Cordero and Sergio Santos.  Thank you MrBaseball for your brilliant analysis.