Jays' Beeston one sly devil

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After what was surely an exhaustive search, Paul Beeston, the Jays’ interim president and CEO, was given permanent title to his offices on Tuesday.
Beeston conducted all of the interviews as he searched for his replacements, but he evidently never found anyone as qualified as himself. While former Jays GM Pat Gillick and Nats president Stan Kasten were a couple of the names bandied about as potential CEOs, it doesn’t appear that either was interested.
So, Beeston, the Jays’ first employee back in 1976, will reclaim his old job, which he left in 1997 to serve as MLB’s chief operating officer.
The good news is that it means Alex Anthopoulos will stay on as GM. Anthopoulos was Beeston’s choice for the job, but a new president might have preferred someone with more experience.

Report: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.