Gaston on Halladay: "I doubt we keep him"

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For the past month or so, the Blue Jays’ chain of command has been in apparent disarray. Cito Gaston told the media that the team wasn’t interested in retaining Rod Barajas. J.P. Ricciardi basically told the fans that they have no reason to root for Toronto. Now Gaston is once again out there, acting as the team’s defacto spokesman and playing hot stove pundit:

Halladay was on a spinning table, like the second item up for
display on The Price is Right, for 26 days in July before the Jays
ruled everyone had underbid. Whether it is this off-season or next
July’s deadline, they’ll receive less.

“If we don’t add anybody this winter, or go get somebody that
can help, I doubt we keep him,” manager Cito Gaston said. “That’s my
opinion. I don’t know that. Would it make any sense to keep him?
Probably not.”

We can argue about whether keeping Halladay is a good idea, but is it really the manager’s place to be speculating, hypothesizing and pontificating about the team’s personnel moves like this?  Better question: is there anyone in charge in Toronto?

Report: Orioles re-sign Pedro Alvarez to minors deal

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The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.