Shameless Rumour Mongering
Somewhat lost in the recent Scott Rolen lovefest was the fact that J.P. mentioned repeatedly, and with more immediacy and certainty than the old: “well, we’ve got a few balls in the air and you’re always looking to improve your club” routine, that the Jays are working on a deal to improve their bench. And that means one of these guys won’t be around to hear more of Rolen’s standup routine come the start of the season.
Update: The National Post has a completely different take on what JP said. Who are you going to trust? While I would always advise the trained professional, I pinkie swear that Ricciardi never once said the words “backup” or “catcher” or “Fasasno” to Mr. Sandler. That was actually his follow-up suggestion and JP did not confirm it. Instead he shrugged kinda like: “well obviously- but while we’re at it, I’d like a pony” and moved on.
Also, J.P’s comments on the Rios contract were pretty negative and 100% just trying to brush the question off – those talks are not going anywhere right now. And do you really think that JP was such a wiener that he “expressed hope this year would continue the club’s streak of avoiding arbitration that goes back to 1997”?! He said Tallet and Frasor are close full-stop-end-of-sentence. What’s worse than shameless rumor mongering? Making real news up!