Blue Jays president of baseball operations Mark Shapiro spoke with the media for the first time since reports of Jose Bautista’s staggering asking price of move than five years and $150MM, and downplayed the story to some extent, as Shi Davidi of Sportsnet writes. “Every spring training there are contractual situations that come up,” said Shapiro. “You manage them as effectively as possible, always maintaining the focus on what we’re out here to do as a team, and to win a championship.” Shapiro went on to explain that any comments he would have regarding Bautista’s contract would be made directly to Bautista himself or to Bautista’s representation. “For me, respecting the process and the player means you don’t comment on any of those things publicly,” the longtime executive continued. As Shapiro notes, difficult decisions on franchise players nearing the expiration of their contract aren’t exactly uncharted waters for him. In his time at the helm for the Indians, Shapiro dealt with similar situations with franchise legends like Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, he points out.
Here’s more from the AL East…
- The Red Sox will likely take a pass on Cuban brothers Yulieski Gurriel and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., reports Sean McAdam of CSN New England. The Red Sox, of course, are barred from signing the younger Gurriel, Lourdes Jr., for more than $300K after shattering their bonus pool on Yoan Moncada last offseason, but even in the absence of spending restrictions, McAdam’s source indicates that Boston wouldn’t be much of a player. The Sox have expensive veterans in the infield (Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval) plus a large array of controllable talent at shortstop (Xander Bogaerts) and in the outfield (Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley and the well-compensated but unproven Rusney Castillo). As such, the team doesn’t have much room on the roster for any sort of additions in the short- or long-term at the brothers’ respective positions.
- Dexter Fowler’s late demand of an opt-out clause from the Orioles and his subsequent decision to sign a one-year deal with the Cubs could end up being a break for the Reds, tweets Jon Heyman, as Baltimore’s focus could turn back to Jay Bruce, whose trade to the Blue Jays recently fell through due to one of the other players involved in the would-be swap.
- How would an extension work between Blake Snell – a player without service time – and the Rays? Craig Edwards of Fangraphs looked at the different possibilities.
- On Thursday, Orioles exec Dan Duquette and agent Casey Close both commented on the Fowler situation.
Nothing about Snell?
Lester doesn’t play in the AL East…
But he’s in the headline
Now he’s removed
wants to be a GM
Who’s not in the AL East anyway.
Then why was his name mentioned in the headline (since removed)?
I know he wouldn’t help as much as Fowler but Bruce would still be a pretty solid pickup
Agreed. The only problem is they still don’t have a prototypical leadoff hitter.
Bruce could lead-off lol.
In all seriousness at least if we got Bruce, he is a natural right fielder and has a canon. I would be down with him coming to Charm City.
Or the Orioles could have a reunion with Markakis. Although, I really don’t see him coming back.
The Braves would give Markakis back for some mid-level pitching (Parker Bridwell, Tyler Wilson) but I don’t think Baltimore would want to eat the contract
I’d take Bruce on a 13m gamble over guaranteeing Fowler 33m anyway, especially if signing Fowler is going to cost the O’s that comp pick. Power plays and his would play up pretty big at Camden Yards, they only have him 1 season and seems as if cost is little more than taking on his salary and extreme low level prospect(s).
O’s want an OF who is primed and ready to regress, or already hitting the bottom? Give Austin Jackson half what Fowler just signed for. Always looked at those 2 as same types., only Jackson has been in his bottom cycle longer than Fowler now.
Why is Jose Bautista asking for too much money
Some combination of greed and pride.
Many a player and agent ask for way more than they should get. Every once in a while an owner and GM are silly enough to say ok. Nothing lost in asking. When they say no and counter offer you counter back. Think that is called negotiation.
Except, he said there would be no negotiating his price. Was it a tactic? Possibly, but rarely will you see guys take a hard stance like that if they don’t mean it because you just look kind of silly then when you back down.
Because he’s Joey Bats…. Unfortunately he’s getting old and he’s not worth paying that kind of money for.
Poor Mark Shapiro- can’t even get his full name in the article. Just his title
> Jose Bautista’s staggering asking price of move than five years and $150MM
Which is an unconfirmed rumour as yet — nothing more..
“Shapiro dealt with similar situations with franchise legends like Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel, he points out.”
Well, that’s one way of saying goodbye.