- Blue Jays sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion could be candidates to replace David Ortiz in Boston next offseason, and Cafardo speaks to Bautista about his impending free agency. “Do I want to stay here [in Toronto]? Yes. Do I wish it comes to free agency? Absolutely not,” Bautista says. “But it takes two to tango.” Bautista adds that he isn’t opposed to negotiating with the Jays in-season. At last check, Bautista was reportedly willing to consider a four-year deal to stay with the Jays, although that would cost in the range of $30MM per season.
- Cafardo speaks to Red Sox manager John Farrell about pitchers from the NPB in Japan, who collectively don’t have a particularly strong health record after making the transition to MLB. (Think of Masahiro Tanaka, or Yu Darvish.) One possibility, of course, is that NPB pitchers have trouble adapting to the five-man rotation, but there would be other issues as well. “There are so many things that are different,” Farrell says. “One would think there’s higher stress pitching here, the lineups up and down are tougher. They don’t have time-zone changes there, so how does the travel affect the body? The mound is different, the ball is different.”
- A scout who watched Hyun Soo Kim says the Orioles should be patient with their new outfielder, with whom they’ve already had a high-profile standoff. “It may take him a while, just as it took [Jung Ho] Kang a while to adapt,” the scout says. “The Orioles would be smart to exercise patience because he’s a very good hitter.”
- Not a trade rumor, but a fun fact: Cafardo notes that 492 players on Opening Day rosters are making $1M or more this season.