You know those bins at Walmart where you always see people sifting through the $9.99 DVD's? The ones that are home to such cinematic gems as Battlefield Earth, Hot Shots Part Deux, and Little Nicky? The movies that most people (including the actors that starred in them) would rather think that were never made?
Well, today J.P. Ricciardi sifted through a similar free agent bargain bin and picked out catcher Michael Barrett. Much like Matt Clement, Barrett is another reclaim project that is a low risk/high reward possibility for the 2009 season. He was signed to a minor league deal with the hopes that Barrett might possibly be the backup for Rod Barajas. Since there was no indication that Curtis Thigpen or J.P. Arencebia were going to be the number two catcher, this somewhat solidifies the catching situation for next year.
It may not be a signing of Mark Teixeira or C.C. Sabathia proportions, but at least it's something. And the latest news is that the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking at Adam Dunn to possibly replace Manny Ramirez as their big bat. So the longer that Manny is a free agent, the better the chance that the Blue Jays can sign him at a discount.
If J.P. Ricciardi can get a big return on one of these bargain bin signings, then I won't make fun of people who dig through the $9.99 DVD bin at Walmart anymore.