The Toronto Blue Jays hosted their 11th state of the franchise Monday night, and as many as 900 season ticket holders took to the stands to ask questions to Paul Beeston, John Farrell and GM Alex Anthopoulos.
Here is a breakdown of some of the questions that were answered including Prince Fielder talk, contract length for players going forward and John Farrell grades himself on last season.
If the Orioles fail to land free agent pitcher Edwin Jackson, A.J. Burnett may be a fit. The Yankees are willing to send cash to any team interested, so that makes it appealing to the O's. Burnett lives in Monkton, Maryland in the off season, so even better for his family. Burnett is owed $33 million over the next 2 seasons, and the Yankees may decide to pay more than the $8 million rumoured to be offered in any deal. If the Orioles offered Edwin Jackson a 3-year deal upwards of $40 million, would Burnett be a better option?
Johnny Damon wants to play for the Yankees, but until they free up money, that's not happening.
Roy Oswalt want $10 million this season, and the Cardinals are his first choice, only, the Cards have an offer of $7.5 million on the table. Trading Kyle McClellan and his $2.5 million would be a difference maker though.
The Blue Jays, still looking for a starting pitcher, are out on the Oswalt sweepstakes, but looking via trade for an upgrade. Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and Francisco Liriano of the Twins may be options. Liriano, rumoured last season to be going to the Yankees, would be a perfect fit, and the Twins in need of some salary relief, may be willing to deal him.