The Jays have officially signed Melky Cabrera to a two-year $16 million deal. The move bumps speedster Rajai Davis to fourth outfielder/pinch runner on the depth chart. Also bumped on the depth chart is Anthony Gose, top prospect (and fellow speedster). Gose will most likely start the year at triple-A Buffalo to work on his plate discipline. Suddenly, Colby Rasmus’ longterm future with the club is unclear.
I like the idea of having Gose season his batting in Buffalo (thank God it’s no longer Las Vegas) and be available as the first call up should anyone in the outfield hit the DL. Also, if the Jays make a postseason push, bringing up a guy with Gose’s defensive ability and speed on the bases will be very welcome when rosters expand in September.
It will be interesting to see who the Jays bring in as manager and what moves are made to clean up the catcher surplus. I imagine the Jays will look for pitching depth in return for either Arencibia, Buck, or d’Arnaud. Texas is rumoured to be interested in both Buck and Arencibia. The question becomes do we move Arencibia for a potential fifth starter (although I’m happy with Happ in that role) or do we move Buck (and potentially some cash) for minor league depth. Keeping Arencibia seemingly blocks d’Arnaud, the top catching prospect in the game. However, a win-now attitude says keep Arencibia and work out d’Arnaud’s future at a later date – September call up, depth in case Arencibia goes down injured, or trade bait at the deadline.
It’s a tough call. And one that I trust with Anthopoulos.