Here are a few stories making headlines:
-As per MLB trade rumours the Blue Jays are casting a wide net in their search for pitching, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. They have already shown interest in Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, and Ryan Dempster, among others.
Toronto is also one of several clubs to inquire about Scott Baker, joining the Red Sox, Cubs, and Rangers. The Twins recently declined the right-hander’s option but hope to sign him to a new deal. The Blue Jays have made no secret of their goal to add pitching this offseason, either through trades or free agency. Free agents can begin signing with new teams tomorrow morning.
QUICK TAKE: We have heard all of these rumours before and will continue reading about them this offseason. The Jays have a glaring hole in their battered rotation and will be linked to literally every starting pitcher out there. Some of it will be started by the player agents trying to drive up the prices while some might just appear to be a logical fit. Here is hoping the Jays are at least serious about upgrading the rotation, any of the names listed above would be okay with me.
-The Blue Jays are “leaning toward” hiring a manager with Major League experience, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. This would seem to make Jim Riggleman and Don Wakamatsu the favorites among the known contenders, as ex-managers Jim Tracy and Manny Acta reportedly aren’t under consideration and candidates such as Sandy Alomar, Tim Wallach and DeMarlo Hale have never managed in the bigs. Rosenthal notes that the Jays could still hire a non-experienced manager if “they are unimpressed by the more seasoned options.”
–Darren Oliver is “not sure at all and he’s in no rush to make a decision” about playing in 2013, Oliver’s agent Jeff Frye tells Sportnet.ca’s Shi Davidi. The veteran reliever has hinted about retiring, though the Blue Jays exercised their $3MM option on Oliver yesterday to retain Oliver’s rights in case the southpaw does return.