Thanks to Stan Rogers, Maritime Provinces singer of sea shanties and folk songs, for today's title. We used to sing his songs all the time when I worked on a lobster boat in Maine.
The Jays wasted no time in responding to the Yankees $186 million dollar signing of Mark Teixiera with a blockbuster signing of their own, catcher Michael Barrett.
Seriously, though, I like the signing of Barrett. When healthy, he has been an above average offensive catcher and is coming in on a minor-league deal, which won't wed the Jays to him should Arencibia develop quickly, Barrett falter, or Thigpen show more than expected. Barrett had three excellent offensive seasons (for a catcher) in a row between 2004 and 2006 so there's certainly some upside. And he has 31 points of career OBP, and 12 points of OPS+, on Rod Barajas, so that's good. All in all, a decent if underwhelming piece of business. We're still waiting for the Jays to guarantee someone some major-league money.
In other news, the Red Sox appear to have reached an agreement with Brad Penny. We liked Penny on this site and the Sox will be paying him $5 million with a potential additional $3 million based on his performance. I'm sure many teams were in on Penny for $ 5 million / 1 year, so he had his choice of teams.
The very slightly less terrible half of one of the worst platoons in baseball history, Kevin Mench, signed for $1.8 million with the Hanshin Tigers. Of the Japanese League.
Finally, the Nationals signed our old friend Gustavo Chacin to a minor league deal. I know I wasn't the biggest fan of Chacin's pitching abilities (though I did stick up for the guy when he was inexplicably compared to Benito Mussolini) but best of luck, Gus. If you start for the Nats at home, I will go watch you pitch.