Blue Jays sign Wilton Lopez, Caleb Gindl and Jake Fox

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According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays have agreed to minor league contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez, outfielder Caleb Gindl, and infielder Jake Fox. They all received invites to major league spring training.

Lopez was quietly one of the best relievers in the game from 2010-2012 with the Astros, but he really struggled with the Rockies in 2013 and made just four appearances in the majors this past season. The 31-year-old had a 4.57 ERA and 35/6 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.

Gindl appeared in six games with the Brewers this past season and batted just .227/.310/.354 with eight home runs and 32 RBI over 110 games in Triple-A. The 26-year-old showed some pop and patience in a small sample with the big club in 2013 and could be a fit as a left-handed bench bat.

Fox, 32, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011. He split 2014 between the independent Atlantic League, the Mexican League, and the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate. If history is any indication, he’ll hit a bunch of home runs for the Blue Jays in the spring.

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.