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03-31-2012, 01:52 PM
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Bautista BOMB

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RG: In terms of free agents, I talked to Jose Bautista and he said he was not even aware there was a team policy of nothing beyond five years, that he was happy with the length of the deal he signed and wasn't even thinking about length. But has years now, for this organization, become more of an impediment than money?

AA: It hasn't come up yet, I mean it hasn't become an issue. It hasn't been where we were right there with a free agent and our policy became a stumbling block. So right now it hasn't become an issue yet. Even with Jose's deal, our first choice, length is always a concern.

You know Paul's had a long-standing belief that length is the thing he's most concerned about and I understand. He talked to me about it over and over again, just the fact that when they ran things, him and Pat, how the team would make mistakes with long-term, more years. Guys get hurt, guys don't perform. He would always rather go shorter, so five's as far as he would go. Even when we did Romero's deal, we did the five but again that took a little bit of time to end up getting through that. So it hasn't come up yet. There hasn't been a free-agent deal that's come up where we wanted to do more than five years and policy came into play, We just haven't been in the market for free agents that have signed for more than five years. Free agents, not guys under club control. With all due respect to the clubs and the players, it's probably not something that's going to fit for us.

RG: Imagination is a word that you like to use a lot in terms of the rules and all sorts of ways of dealing with the way the game is regulated. Now, with Jose for instance, if Jose hit another 45 home runs and this team was not moving forward...we don't even need that part. But, just if he had another big year and it looks right now like he's one of the biggest bargains in baseball, is there a creative thing where you could extend from the end of his current contract and make that new deal reach to five more years, as in effect you would have lengthened that original deal to eight.

AA: I guess there's always ways to look at things...

RG: But are you always looking for imaginative solutions?

AA: I think I know when I was discussing Romero's extenson with Paul, he was strong on three years if he pitched, five years for position player. Part of the hurdle was being able to get over the fact that it was five years for Romero was that two of those years were zero to three years, minimim salary years, so it wasn't like free-agent years. He wasn't even in salary arbitration yet. So, yes it was five years and I was kind of the way that we settled our...we debated for months and that's the way we found common ground and Paul finally gave the go-ahead. It took a long time and the term was the problem there, because Paul wanted to keep it a lot shorter. From that standpoint, I don't ever want to say never, have absolutes, put lines in the sand and box yourself in, but there's a reason we have things in place . It's probably to police ourselves from ourselves.
How do you guys read this? Is AA starting to back off the 5-year rule, implying its for free-agent negotiations only?

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03-31-2012, 02:01 PM
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MLB.TV or probably on a sports package if you have it, not sure how Rogers operates.

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Valbuena BOMB!! 8-2 Jays.

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Morrow, Cecil, Alvarez in that order for the remaining games

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Not sure if this was posted earlier, but TSN has the Jays as 14th in the Power Rankings:
http://tsn.ca/fantasy_news/rankings/mlb/

#1 in NYY, followed by Philly, Texas, Los Angeles of Anaheim of California of USA, and (lol) Boston

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I'm digging the new Jays jerseys and hat. Might have to get one for the summer.

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I bought the Jays ST cap and it looks quite nice

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The meeting between Lawrie and Subban in that Up Close thing probably sets the record for most HF-implied classlessness in one moment.

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yeah, those do look cool. I bought one of the old school blue caps last year. I'm quietly hoping that it'll match reasonably well with the new jersey in terms of color. Or I might have to break down and buy a new cap as well.

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With the piping? Or do you mean the low crown BP hat?

They've worn 3 hats this spring

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yeah, those do look cool. I bought one of the old school blue caps last year. I'm quietly hoping that it'll match reasonably well with the new jersey in terms of color. Or I might have to break down and buy a new cap as well.
I have the new and the old blue ones and its a different shade of blue but its not that big of a difference

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Jays 30/30 is on SN1 for any that missed it

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Jays 30/30 is on SN1 for any that missed it
Man, I wish we got the MLB Network in Canada. We get NHL Network, NFL Network, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, CBS College Sports...But no MLB Network. What gives?

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Jays 30/30 is on SN1 for any that missed it
Huh. I was always under the impression that SN1's schedule was national (there was no shifting for time zones or anything), but I've got boxing or something like that now. And no Jays programming for the rest of the night.

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Man, I wish we got the MLB Network in Canada. We get NHL Network, NFL Network, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, CBS College Sports...But no MLB Network. What gives?
MLB is afraid of the Jays. God forbid that team from Canada gets good and ends up having to be talked about and cuts into their beloved coverage of the Yankees/Red Sox. So they'll just pretend we don't exist.

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Man, I wish we got the MLB Network in Canada. We get NHL Network, NFL Network, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, CBS College Sports...But no MLB Network. What gives?
Cogeco has MLB Extra Innings as part of their Super Sports Pack.

MLB Extra Innings, NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, OHL Season Ticket, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, Nascar Hot Ticket, NBA Season Pass.

Not too shabby. I think it's $30 per month with a minimum 6-month commitment (but at $360 per year, it's quite a deal anyway).

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How do you guys read this? Is AA starting to back off the 5-year rule, implying its for free-agent negotiations only?

edit: Bautista bomb!
I think it's pretty clear - Beeston won't let AA offer more than 3 years to a free agent pitcher or 5 years to a free agent hitter.

In other words, don't expect a big free agent to land in Toronto as long as Beeston's around.

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Anybody know where i can watch the full Jays 30/30?

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Cogeco has MLB Extra Innings as part of their Super Sports Pack.

MLB Extra Innings, NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, OHL Season Ticket, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball, Nascar Hot Ticket, NBA Season Pass.

Not too shabby. I think it's $30 per month with a minimum 6-month commitment (but at $360 per year, it's quite a deal anyway).
He means the actual, specific MLB Network. A dedicated channel that does nothing but MLB programming.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLB_Network

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Anybody know where i can watch the full Jays 30/30?
I wish it was that easy. I'm dieing to see it aswell. MLB's copyright laws are a brickwall.

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