They teased us in August, and they still have games left to play, but the Blue Jays’ season, for all intents and purposes, is finally over—2018, here we come!
With the team entering a transition phase, and there being so many question marks about the roster going forward, here come a whole bunch of questions on what lies ahead for the club! So let’s take a dip into the ol’ mailbag, shall we?
If you have a Blue Jays question you’d like me to tackle for next week, be sure to send it to email@example.com. As always, I have not read any of Griff’s answers.
Hope you are enjoying your Labour Day weekend. My question is a two parter:
What kind of prospect capital do you think it would take to obtain Stanton from the Marlins? (I understand it would obviously be altered by the amount of his contract you pick up, but I’m guessing Shapiro would rather spend money than prospects, so if Rogers said yes, I’m guessing they would rather spend the money than the prospects…
Second part of the question… If you’re picking up the whole $300 million for Stanton, perhaps they would take Tulo’s contract, or maybe Morales…even if you had to pay part of Tulo’s contract, at least you get the production that Stanton provides, which would look pretty dreamy behind Donaldson…
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had a fascinating scoop on this very subject over the weekend, reporting that he’d spoken to an investor contacted by the club’s prospective new ownership group (led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter), and was told that the club will immediately slash payroll, “back from $115 million to potentially as low as $55 million (if Giancarlo Stanton is traded) or $80 million to $85 million if Stanton is retained.”
The whole mess is pretty incredible to read about, but the other key part specific to Stanton is this: “The Marlins believe they have found at least one team willing to trade for him and pick up a large chunk of his salary.”