UPDATE: Well, this is, suffice it to say, a reversal:
It’s possible that the Jays wanted to get new blood but no one wanted to let their top talent leave for Toronto. It’s possible that they realized that, maybe, they don’t want to part ways with the single most important executive in team history.
9:12 AM: We learned a couple of days ago that the Blue Jays are looking to replace Paul Beeston, the team president, who also happened to be the first Blue Jays employee, starting his tenure with the team in 1976.
OK, time passes, people move on, even if they are institutions within the organization. But, one hopes, they’re treated better than Beeston is reportedly being treated. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun says that the way Beeston found out that the Jays were actively seeking to replace him was when White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf called to tell him that the Jays had contacted him about interviewing Sox’ president Kenny Williams for the job.
To be sure, the Jays are within their rights to get rid of Beeston if they want to. As Simmons notes, his contract expired in October and has not been renewed. He also notes, however, that Beeston has often worked without a contract for the Jays over the course of his long career and no one with the Jays ownership group at Rogers had told Beeston that they wanted him gone.
At the very least, one would hope that an organization legend like Beeston deserves to find out that his employer is moving on from his actual employer, not from one of the people they’ve contacted in an effort to replace him.
Jon Lester waiting around may bother those of us who are paid to keep track of such things. But why the heck should he care? His waiting it out has, apparently, had the desired effect: Ken Rosenthal:
Lester’s offers all are in the six-year, $150 million range, sources said. One team — it is not known which one — indicated it would go to the seven-year, $175 million range. But Lester would not necessarily choose that team even at that level, one source said.
Those offers are from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox.
Yesterday Rosenthal said that Lester is choosing between the Giants and the Cubs. He suggests that’s still the case, even if no one has been officially eliminated. Which, why would anyone associated with Lester say that anyone is officially eliminated?
One change: Unlike yesterday, when it was reported that Lester would pick a suitor no later than this morning, Rosenthal now says Lester’s decision could stretch into Wednesday. So stay tuned.
Despite reports that the Yankees were “heavily invested” in David Robertson before the White Sox signed him, Jack Curry says something different:
I think it’s reasonable to say that the Yankees are happy with their bullpen how it is, what with the Andrew Miller signing, but I also think it’s a bit shocking to learn that they didn’t even make an offer to Robertson in the hopes if building a super-bullpen of some sort.
File this under “it’s the Winter Meetings and people say weird crap all the time,” but wouldn’t this be fun?
I’d like to think this is being floated just to annoy Red Sox fans. But of course, The Rivalry has been pretty boring the past couple of years, so I doubt anyone with the Yankees is invested enough to simply seek to annoy them. Also, the latest reports have Lester choosing between the Giants and Cubs.
For what it’s worth, on paper Lester-to-the-Yankees makes all kinds of sense given their needs, their funds and all of that, but to date they have barely been mentioned in connection with him.
Worth watching, though.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was on the scene when a reporter asked Phillies president Pat Gillick about whether or not Ruben Amaro, whose contract is up after the 2015 season, will survive the season with his job. Gillick:
“I’ve got his back . . . I’ve got confidence in him . . . Ruben didn’t all of a sudden get dumb. People don’t want to hear this, but there were five years from 2007 to 2011 and the last year in 2011 we won 102 games. He didn’t all of a sudden get stupid the last three years.”
Amaro is certainly under a lot of pressure at the moment, tasked with tearing down and rebuilding a Phillies team that got old, expensive and not very competitive in a hurry. Task number one is trading Cole Hamels for a good return and possibly unloading Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins.
It won’t be an easy task. And it may be one that will be completed by someone else.