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Meanwhile, the 2006 meetings were adjudged the second worst in franchise history. Ricciardi made a four year $40 million offer to free agent lefty Ted Lilly. Lilly chooses the Cubs, coming off a 96 loss season.
The Mariners could include top right handed prospect Taijuan Walker, 21, in a package the Rays would like (think James Shields to the Kansas City Royals for blue chip hitting prospect Wil Myers a year ago, or five Chicago Cubs prospects for Matt Garza).
As general managers, managers, scouting directors, agents and more agents arrived at the four star resort Sunday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., there is one fact a ball fan knows for sure about the team he or she follows:
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The Jays went O for Orlando, unable to get anyone to take their money, so they returned home and gave Vernon Wells a seven year, $126 Giuseppe Zanotti The Shark million extension.
Right hander Gil Meche said no to the Jays five year, $55 million deal, preferring to sign with the last place Kansas City Royals, losers of 100 games.
Outside of Shirley Cheek, accepting the Ford C. Frick Award for her late husband Tom, the dais at Cooperstown was a lonely place last July.
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Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012 (20 5, 2.,56). This past season, he went 10 8 with a 3.33 ERA, walking 27 and striking out 151 in 186.2 innings.
So, what about 2013? David Price is on the market. Besides the Tampa Bay Rays lefty, so too are Chicago Cubs right hander Jeff Samardzija and Oakland A's lefty Brett Anderson,
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It would be 1990 at Rosemont, Ill., when inside of four days the Jays added centre fielder Devon White from the Los Angeles Angels, plus Hall of Famer Robbie Alomar and Joe Carter from the San Diego Padres.
Add first baseman Justin Smoak and shortstop Brad Miller or third baseman Kyle Seager to the package . and ask yourself: Can the Jays beat that? They don't have anyone to match Walker's Baseball America newspaper clippings. Angels, Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates are also interested.
a tougher brand of pitcher, was 8 13 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts for the Cubs, walking 78 and striking out 214 in 213.2 innings.
help. Samardzija fits what GM Alex Anthopoulos' assistant Dana Brown are searching to find.
Only the 1984 meetings in Houston when the Jays sent Dave Collins and Alfredo Griffin to the Oakland A's for closer Bill Caudill would be worse than Orlando in 2006. Caudill saved 14 games the next year, losing his job to Tom Henke after the all star break.
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Former managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Billy Martin, executives Marvin Miller and George Steinbrenner, plus players Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker, Dan Quisenberry and Ted Simmons are on the Expansion Era ballot.
So does one and one add up to a perfect match? Well, it might it were a two team league, but the Jays are not the only organization looking at Price.
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A 16 man panel, which includes Blue Jays president Paul Beeston, will make known their voting on Monday morn.
That won't be the case next summer.
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