Before Christmas, I poked fun at the Blue Jays 2019 calendar that had Jaime García as the player for January. It seems even more ridiculous now that García has officially retired at the age of 32 after a decade in the major leagues:
Jaime García is expected to retire from @MLB, source confirms multiple reports. He won a World Series ring with the @Cardinals in 2011, when he joined Fernando Valenzuela as the only Mexican-born pitchers to start in the World Series. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 9, 2019
If you want to watch his half hour press conference in Spanish, you can find it here.
I will leave you with a little Jaime throwback picture in honor of his retirement:
Best of luck, Jaime! You will
always have a special place in my heart have a special place on the wall of my cubicle for the next 21 days.
Turning to the future, a teaser of the Blue Jays 2019 ZiPS projections was shared yesterday. Behold:
A sneak peak at the upcoming ZiPS projections for the Toronto Blue Jays. pic.twitter.com/z7otBOLFIF— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 9, 2019
Which players would you take the over on? Which evaluations look spot on?
Free agent Yasmani Grandal signed a one year, $18.25M deal pending a physical with the Brewers late last night, which is $350K over the $17.9M qualifying offer he rejected from the Dodgers. This is a pretty big blow to Grandal who allegedly turned down a four year, $60M offer from the Mets earlier in the off-season. Russell Martin was used as a point of comparison in many evaluations, as he was a similarly valued player (and two years older) who received a 5 year deal worth $82.5M four years ago.
Grandal’s deal is just one more case of a player who will not be receiving a paycheck close to what was predicted for him. This points to a much larger disconnect between MLB team owners and the players’ representatives, which will surely come to a head during the next CBA negotiation prior to the 2022 season.
anyway, you don't have to think Russell Martin is the bee's knees to acknowledge that there's an issue when a comparable player who is two years younger at the time of free agency can't even approach a deal struck four years prior while revenue has grown $1.3 billion in that time— Craig Goldstein (@cdgoldstein) January 10, 2019
Odds of work stoppage rose with the Grandal deal, should’ve been one of the four or five biggest deals on the market this year.— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) January 10, 2019
In AL East news, it has been reported that the New York Yankees are out on Manny Machado since apparently they are now strapped for cash, or something. If you can count the number of teams trying to land a young superstar like Manny Machado on one hand, something has gone very wrong. (Of course, we would not be too sad about Manny Machado finding a home outside of our division),
Can’t confirm Yankees are out (there’s no word they’ve been told this at least), but as said, they haven’t engaged in negotiations lately or made an official offer. They aren’t meeting the believed 325M-plus target, or even 300. Or even coming especially close. https://t.co/pTjdkPLjSP— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 9, 2019