Digging through the bargain bin: Part 2

Tuesday, December 30, 2008  |  by 

Today the Blue Jays signed Mike Maroth, Raul Chavez, and Randy Ruiz, and Dirty Sanchez (okay not the last one, but it also ended in a Z).

All three players will be invited to spring training, which actually starts in less than two months! The Blue Jays' spring training schedule kids off February 25th against the Yankees. This is great news because once New Year's is over, there will be little to look forward to until Opening Day.

Out of the three players signed today, the brightest star is Randy Ruiz who played 22 games with the Minnesota Twins last year. His major league stats were about average, but with the Twins' minor league affiliate, Ruiz hit .320 with 17 HR and 68 RBI's.

In the everlasting search for a suitable DH, I think the Blue Jays should take a look at Sammy Sosa. He's almost like Barry Bonds, except without the league-wide hatred for him and only half the scandal!

Sosa and Bonds both sat out this past season, but recently Sosa has expressed an interest to play once again in 2009. In 2007, he played with the Texas Rangers for a mere $500,000 - and he might even be willing to play for a similar amount in 2009. Anything less than $1 million would be a steal, and if Sammy flops worse than a Vin Diesel movie, then the Jays can just cut their losses.

Have a great New Year's everyone, and here's hoping for only a one-day hangover!


  1. Firstly, Chronicles of Riddick was an amazing movie.

    Secondly, though I agree with Sosa, it'd be oh so sweet for us to get a bargain on Bonds. He must be really stubborn to not want to sign with a team as I can't believe not a single GM has tried to obtain him.

    The signings all seem like bargain signings...except Chavez. He's never proven himself as anything near a useful hitter and I'd say he's 3rd string at best. I don't think there's any way he'll be competing for backup with Barret. To be honest, I think there's a chance Barajas will be playing backup to Barrett by the end of the season.

  2. Bonds would be sweet as well. But I think there's a lot more red tape with signing Bonds, and I don't think Ricciardi is the type to piss off Bud Selig.

    And Sosa has a nose like Gonzo.


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