8:00 PM Ship’s Time
I had been planning that my next blog post would be more of a travelogue than about too many things baseballic, but then I got a phone call from The Fan’s Zack Cooper while I was wandering around the casino at the incredible Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in The Bahamas. Evidently there was a rumour swirling around that the Blue Jays had signed Carlos Delgado, which had to be false. It took me about five minutes of Bahamian texting to confirm that there was nothing to it, but even without that, enough stuff happened today that I thought I should throw something on between the dinner buffet and the evening Movie Music Trivia contest.
Late last week, Alex Anthopoulos went public with the Jays’ new policy on signing players who have filed for arbitration – basically it was that there’s a dateline in the sand, that if you get to the point where you’re going to file numbers, you’re going to a hearing. Lo and behold, it worked, with the final group of players getting their names on contracts today (I’m not going to go into much detail – I’m paying 40 cents a minute for internet access here). The Jays also signed free agents Jeremy Reed and Steven Register to minor-league contracts with invites to Spring Training.
Reed I have liked ever since he hit .400 in Double-A – I think it was for the White Sox but, again, 40 cents a minute. It was a while ago, though, and the shine is definitely off his bat, but he is a very good defensive outfielder and will definitely give Joey Gathright a run for his money in the race to either platoon with Jose Bautista, be the fourth outfielder or be the fallback in case Travis Snider has to start the year at AAA. I like Reed over Gathright, basically because the former has been known to take a walk, even if his offense hasn’t really translated well to the majors. Register is another depth arm – the Jays have added a couple of those recently.
I’ll have something else for you on Thursday or Friday. We’re spending tomorrow at sea on the way back from Nassau to Cape Canaveral, then coming home on Thursday. Suffice it to say that Atlantis is incredible, Carnival Cruise Lines leave something to be desired, relative to Princess (on which the family cruised last winter), Rob Pizzo would be very happy with my performances so far in the onship poker tournaments (the Blackjack tournament is tomorrow) and although I was very excited to see the ship’s Main Show last night – since it was a tribute to the fantastic music of the 1980s- the fact that the show took its name from the title song to an extraordinarily forgettable Sylvester Stallone arm-wrestling flick should have been a clue as to the quality of what I was about to see.
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome, but they, along with the 25 or so in the hopper, won’t be answered until Friday at the earliest.