All the Blue Jays rumors are about pitching, which is good, that’s what the team needs.
But Zack Wheeler is off the board.
Source confirms the Phillies and Zack Wheeler have reached agreement on a five-year deal worth at least $100M. @MarcCarig 1st— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 4, 2019
That’s quite a payday for Zach Wheeler — 118M for 5 years. 23.6M per. #phils— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 4, 2019
And the Braves signed Cole Hamels to a 1-year, $18 million contract. That was more than I thought he’d get but good on the Braves for going out to get him.
Jon Mororsi tells us that the Jays are being ‘incredibly aggressive in going after free agent starting pitchers.
"Based on what I was told yesterday, they are being incredibly aggressive." @jonmorosi on the @BlueJays pursuit of free agent starting pitchers @ScottyMacThinks, @SmrtAsh, & @mikezigomanis. #BlueJays | #LeadOff— Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) December 4, 2019
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Whether or not aggressive leads to successful is another question. They should have lots of money to spend, the trick will be to find the ones willing to join a rebuilding team. I’d think there are ones out there who would be willing to help build something in Toronto. Finding who they are will be the tough part.
They are talking to is Michael Pineda apparently:
#BlueJays have checked in on big 6-foot-7 right-hander Michael Pineda, per sources.— Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) December 4, 2019
In his age-30 season, Pineda posted a 4.01 ERA across 26 starts with Twins before a PED suspension ended his season.
There’s risk, but some very intriguing upside, too.
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