The Las Vegas arts can test even the most disciplined visitors, making Sin City particularly interesting for baseball winter matches. Against this backdrop of free agents' savings, putting the annual baseball swap-fest in a place around the ban on regulating and curtailing will add an intrigue next week.
Will the self-control last out of the season? Or will some teams be tempted to let him ride and blow the past budget?
Toronto Blue Jays have certainly been among the more disciplined baseball clubs in recent seasons, spending methodically and carefully free agents. Think that after Mark Shapiro took the chairmanship and CEO in November 2015, the club's biggest financial commitment to the free agency was the $ 36 million deal, A. That this year.
The second place on the list is the 33-million three-year deal for Kendris Morales, distributed in November 2016, with Marko Estrada's two-year contract for $ 26 million, and a two-year $ 12.5 million deal with Steve Pierce. pledges issued to his watch.
There were considerable costs for a year for Jose Bautista ($ 18 million), Estrada ($ 13 million), and Jaime Garcia ($ 10 million), plus a few smaller deals, mostly for recipients.
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All that's worth considering, as GM Ross Atkins continues to look for upgrades that his badly-open staff desperately needs. Ideally, Blue Jays want to add weapons for prolonged periods of control when new players appear, but "it's too hard to add Trent Thorntons, Marcus Cromancy and Aaron Sanchez."
"Young, controllable cadres are very difficult to acquire, so we can not easily and easily acquire more types of Ryan Borrow / Shaun Reed-Foley," continues Atkins. "Adding a free agent level is more realistic and something we will strive to do."
Given the latest Blue Jays habits, this implies a future with more typical substitutes, which if executed can be traded within the trading term without denial and not longer.
The six-year $ 140 million deal Patrick Corbin has landed from Washington is the way the team does not believe it makes sense for the list right now, given that 2019 will be passed through the sand and persuading such a player to join rebuilding requires re-payment.
Maybe – maybe – if someone like Dallas Keicel was in the same place Jake Arieta was last spring without a spring training contract, the Blue Jays could try to be opportunistic. But the scenario is far more likely that they are waiting for the Garcia market, only in the hope of a better result this time.
The only way to get such a young hand they want is to pay a heavy price in the trade, and there is some irony in their desire to gain controllable tilt while being ready to trade with Starch and Sanchez for the right return.
At the moment, Atkins works to make deals only with the outlook of his perspective, so greater redistribution would mean a change in approach.
It's much easier to spend in a free agency and with a forecast of $ 100 million around contractual guarantees, arbitrage salaries, and 0-3 time workers, they have money to work with.
All of them indicate supplements to substitution devices, not basic acquisitions.
"We are so happy that we have the opportunity to do both," says Atkins. "We have a lot of flexibility, the young core we are coming to, we can not be more excited, we have flexibility, we certainly have it now and we are even better, we are in the best position to … use the opportunities. we can do both, we can be aggressive and we can be opportunistic. "
Vegas, baby, really.