The news is in on Jose Reyes’ left ankle. And it’s not good.
According to Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio 1050, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos told reporters in Kansas City this afternoon that Reyes is expected to miss three months. This is essentially the worst-case scenario of the timetable presented by Anthopoulos last night.
While a fracture has been ruled out, Reyes is dealing with what is being called a “severe sprain.” He’ll undergo another MRI once the swelling goes down, but the Blue Jays are prepared to get by without him until mid-July.
The Blue Jays will go with the newly-promoted Munenori Kawasaki at shortstop tonight while Emilio Bonifacio will start in right field and Jose Bautista will move back to his former position at third base. Of course, the Bautista move is only temporary, as Brett Lawrie should be ready to return from his rib cage injury soon.
According to MacArthur, Anthopoulos acknowledged again today that he’s looking into trade possibilities at shortstop and is valuing defense over offense.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.