Last week Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported that the Blue Jays had placed Adam Lind on outright waivers, essentially removing him from the 40-man roster because there was very little chance of another team claiming the $8.5 million left on his contract.
However, now comes word from Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that Knobler’s information was incorrect.
According to Chisholm “there were no indications” and “there is no evidence” that Lind was placed on waivers after being optioned to Triple-A, the proof of which is in the fact that Lind remains on the team’s 40-man roster five days later.
He had been placed on waivers Lind either would have been claimed by another team or the Blue Jays would have been able to outright him off the 40-man roster, and since neither of those things has apparently happened the original report looks to have been incorrect.
Whatever the case, Lind is at Triple-A and the Blue Jays owe him $5 million this season and $5 million next season, with a series of team options or buyouts beginning in 2014.
The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.
Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.