There isn't much for Blue Jays news today.
The Jays signed Brazilian born reliever Tiago da Silva to a minor league contract. Tiago pitched for Ciudad del Carmen in the Mexican League last year, putting up a 2.07 ERA in 61 innings, allowing 43 hits, 12 walks with 75 strikeouts and getting 29 saves. He won the Mexican League's 'Reliever of the Year award. Before that he pitched in the Italian League. He also had some good outings for the Brazil team in the WBC.
He also pitched in the Venezuelan winter league, throwing 30 innings in 30 games, with a 2.70 ERA, 31 hits, 3 walks and 37 strikeouts. Pretty good strikeout to walk rate. Hit the link to get the rest of his numbers.
I can't find a scouting report, but I get the feeling he doesn't throw very hard. He turns 30 in March. I'd imagine he'll start the season with the Bisons. I don't think it really makes up for the Rays getting Ronald Belisario.
Jim Bowden, over at ESPN, has 'Six managers already on the hot seat'. I figured Gibby would have been one of them, but no.
Have the Jays been linked to Rafael Soriano yet? It seems like he would be a nice fit.
And there is a football game on today, if you didn't notice. Why don't we have a little contest to see who can come closest to predicting the final score?
I'll say 34-27 Seahawks and I'll predict there it more interest in watching to see if anyone wanders off with some of the footballs than ever before. Deflate should be the word for the drinking game today.
Jays pitchers and catchers report in 21 days!!!!