Friday, November 9, 2012

Oh Maicer!

Quick hit, as I'm about to leave town and go computerless for the weekend.

Jays signed Maicer Izturis to a 3 year $3mil/year contract (with a team option on 4th year at $3mil).  Great stuff.  Happy to see it.  Costs us nothing but money (and, who are we kidding, we don't really care about the money other than how some theoretical spending limit factors into baseball decisions).  

I like this move. Maicer is better than Hech is right now and is more flexible (despite Hech's playing the same 3 positions that Maicer plays last season).  He's also got the ability to contribute playing every day if necessary, with several writers saying that he's the same age and has eerily similar stats to Marco Scutaro did when the Jays made him their every day shortstop.

They Jays also sent cash to KC for (what else) hard throwing righty Jeremy Jeffress.  As people have been joking about on twitter and in the blogosphere, Jeffress has had issues with marijuana as well as his control, which is why the Jays were able to obtain a potential 100mph thrower for so little.  

He may not be around long -- he's out of options, so he needs to make the team out of spring training, or he'll be exposed to waivers before he can be shipped to the minors.  Basically, if he can't show ability to harness his stuff (which people are saying is great), he may get snapped up as another team tries to take a flyer on the fireballer while the Jays try to sneak him through waivers to send him to Buffalo.

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