We’re nearing December and nothing has happened. At this point, we can pretty safely assume that nothing will happen until the Digital Winter Meetings, which are scheduled for Dec. 7-10.
Until then? Speculation! Checking in! Showing interest!
Over at The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal put out a news and notes post that featured a few interesting Blue Jays-related nuggets.
First, he confirmed that the mystery free agent from a few weeks back (the one that Ross Atkins mentioned as somebody the Blue Jays were close to a deal with) was, as expected, Kevin Gausman. According to Rosenthal, the Jays offered Gausman a three-year deal in the $40 million range, which he declined in favour of the Giants’ one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer.
Gausman, the former fourth-overall pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a nice rebound season in 2020 pitching for San Francisco. Over 12 appearances, he posted a 3.62 ERA (his best since 2016) and had excellent peripheral numbers (a career-high 11.9 strikeouts-per-nine).
A three-year, $40 million offer for Gausman is reminiscent of the deal that the team gave J.A. Happ a few years ago. Happ had some ugly seasons but managed to put it all together when he got traded to the Pirates mid-way through …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation