Saturday, December 16, 2006

Vernon Wells Cost Much Greater Than $128 Million

The good news for the Blue Jays is that Vernon Wells is inked though 2013, but the bad news is that his services come at a great deal more cost than his $128 million contract. With Wells off the block, speculation of a megadeal in which pitching might be acquired have screeched to a halt.

After Roy Halliday and A.J. Burnett, Toronto's rotation has been reduced to Gustavo Chacin, Gustavo Chacin and Gustavo Chacin, with the club having precious little to trade in exchange for addditional help. As if Chacin wasn't troublesome enough with his 5.05 ERA, the Jays must now cobble a rotation from the likes of Josh Towers or bullpen fodder Shaun Marcum, and perhaps high maintenance, low-cost free agents such as Mark Redman, Jamey Wright or Joel Piniero. Having shelled out history's seventh largest contract to Wells, no money is left to pay for a Jeff Suppan type, let alone a Barry Zito.

The Blue Jays have an interesting prospect in first baseman Chip Cannon, who tore up the Arizona Fall League. With no place to play, Cannon is ticketed for Syracuse and thus is expendable. But it's questionable whether any teams would offer much value for an untested commodity. Pity that Ted Lilly and Gil Meche slipped through the Blue Jays fingers.


Duane R said...

Wells' contract starts in 2008. The payroll is the same for '07, therefore the Jays do have room to bring in an arm for one-year if that's what is needed to make a run in '07.

Plus, the Jays have never annonced what the budget is for '07 (although rumours have it at about $90m). Some are suggesting that Ted Rogers will be willing to move into the +$100 area for the right player.

1993 was a long time ago. The Jays aren't the Leafs, a playoff berth is badly needed for this team to keep the attention of Toronto's fans.

As an aside, the Jays have the type of team that could win in the playoffs if they could just find a way to get there. Not the easiest thing to do in the AL east....

Anonymous said...

I would have to disagree that the Jays have not much to offer other teams for a starting pitcher now that Wells has signed. In fact, I believe that Alex Rios may fetch more than Vernon Wells in a deal. With that being said, this Jays fan is glad that Lilly skipped town for a bottom feeder in the Cubs and who on earth would want a 'tin man' (read, no heart) in Meche? Down the road I think that these 2 'misses' will be looked upon as good fortune. If they don't move Rios,ever heard of a guy named Adam Lind? This guy will be a professional hitter sooner rather than later. Nothing to deal? Look again.

The Cooperstown Kid said...

Watch, the idea that Rios is tradeable will turn out to be smoke, not fire. He has been described as untouchable. Giving up Lind also seems dubious. Even though Lind needs work in the field, he projects as a big-time hitter. But you're right, the Blue Jays have almost, almost put together a World Series caliber team. It would be a shame to fall short when so close. Just one more decent arm; just one might do it. Rogers should be smart enough to see that. It's going to take money, not a mortgage on the future.