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I hope you all had the best Christmas possible, in these trying times. We had a more minimalist Christmas, cutting way back on gifts, since none of us felt comfortable shopping. I did get some candies, wine gums and liquorice and chocolate. And there was some nice bottles under the tree. Plus two or three more board games, which made for a fun evening of competition.

The nice part about this Christmas is that I have no urge to check out Boxing Day sales. I have a jigsaw puzzle going, there is football and hockey today on TV today.

There isn’t much out there for Blue Jays news (I think I’m going to record that and use it as my voice mail message). I am wondering if the nervousness about where the team will play is playing havoc with negotiations.

The Texas Rangers managed to make a signing. Kohei Arihara, from the Nippon Ham Fighters, will make $6.2 million over the next two seasons, with $1.24 million going to Nippon. I like the signing for the Rangers, but he isn’t someone I though the Jays should go after.

Adeiny Hechavarria is going the other direction, signing with Chiba Lotte Marines for just less than a million for next season.

On Christmas Eve, over in the Athletic, Jim Bowden guessed where the top 40 free agents would end up. Jim figures the only one to sign with the Jays will be Ha-Seong Kim. I’m all for signing him, but I’m hoping he won’t be our only move of the winter.

I missed this:


I hope you all had as nice a Christmas as possible in these interesting times.

I’m looking forward to the New Year. I know it isn’t going to be sudden change to normal, but I’m thinking there will be feeling that things are finally going the right way.