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Tuesday Bantering: BP's Top 10 Prospects, Colabello elects free agency

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

As day two of the Winter Meetings gets underway, there's not too much involving the Blue Jays right now. According to Shi Davidi, Jose Bautista's heretofore stone cold market may be picking up, though Ken Rosenthal says the draft pick is a major deterrent. If his market really dried up, could be end up back in Toronto splitting time in the outfield and DH?

Other tidbits from MLBTR: Edwin Encarnacion prefers the Jays, Red Sox and a "mystery team", while Cleveland is interested in him. The Jays are unsurprisingly interested in Brad Ziegler to help fill out the bullpen, along with a whole bunch of other teams. And the Dexter Fowler saga continues.


Meanwhile, Baseball Prospectus published their Top 10 list of Blue Jays prospects, the entirety of which is not paywalled (I don't quite understand publishing these during the winter meetings when they're likely to be swamped the deluge of moves and rumours, but that's a different issue).

They rank Sean-Reid Foley as the top prospect in the system, with a projection as a mid-rotation starter or set-up bullpen arm alternatively. Anthony Alford ranks second, which is a little curious considering they project his good outcome (OFP) to be an above average CF and likely role as an average outfielder. This could reflect a difference in the expectation of them ending up as busts.

The rest of the list is 3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 4. Conner Greene, 5. Jon Harris, 6. Richard Urena, 7.T.J. Zeuch, 8. Rowdy Tellez 9. Max Pentecost and 10. Bo Bichette. But the full read is well worth it.


Meanwhile, as was expected, Chris Colabello elected free agency following his outright off the 40-man roster. As this was his second outright assignment (the Jays outrighted him in February 2015 after claiming him off waivers in December 2014), Colabello had the right to elect free agency under Article XX(D) of the collective agreement. For all Toronto players, this as well as information on options is available in the Options and Outright Status Table, which is available under the Library tab at the top of the main page.

With Kendrys Morales, Steve Pearce, and Justin Smoak all on multi-year guaranteed contracts, this is almost certainly the end of Colabello's roller coaster two year stint in Toronto. Though the writing was perhaps on the wall after his 80-game suspension.