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Blue Jays, Brian Tallet Avoid Arbitration

Posted on: February 5, 2009 11:13 am

According to Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post, the Blue Jays avoided arbitration with reliever Brian Tallet by signing him at $1.015MM for '09.  Tallet, 31, held lefties to a .257/.327/.327 line in 2008.

In other lefty reliever news, MLBTR has learned that George Sherrill will agree to terms with the Orioles today or tomorrow.  Sherrill had submitted at $3.4MM while the Orioles countered at $2.2MM.


Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2009 9:15 pm

Blue Jays, Brian Tallet Avoid Arbitration

wrote yesterday about possible midseason trade candidates, Roy Halladay in particular.  He says Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi "did not discount" the possibility of Halladay being this year's C.C. Sabathia , snagging this quote from Ricciardi:

"Ownership wants no part of trading Roy at this time.  He's the face of the organization. Right now we are not thinking about going down that road. But that is what we feel in February. Who knows how you feel in June?  We have thought about it, this has not escaped us [that Halladay could leave as a free agent, and trading him might be best for the long-term health of the organization].  In June, we may have to say. 'Is this the way we want to go?' It will be up to ownership, and ownership has a strong attachment to Doc."

Halladay is signed at a reasonable $14.25MM this year and $15.75MM for '10.  Ricciardi also said the Jays could attempt to extend Halladay's contract this spring.  Sherman also learned that the Jays tried to trade Vernon Wells this winter.  Wells is owed $100MM over the next six seasons, and has a full no-trade clause.  who will shadow him this season in an attempt to keep him healthy.

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