December 8, 2010 by staff
The 32-year-old hit .196 with 28 homers and 84 RBIs with Tampa Bay last season signed a night with the Cubs.
At one point, the Blue Jays have been reported to be in Pena, even if it does not seem to have much substance.
However, signature does affect the rest of the market by taking the first base opening to other players.
The choice options on the level behind Peña stars Paul Konerko are Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee.
However, Toronto does not absolutely need to sign a player starting first base that there is some interest in seeing what Adam Lind may be in position.
Another option would be to find a player to sign an agreement for the minor leagues with an invitation to training camp could be insurance if not Lind market.
Someone like Casey Kotchman or Willy Aybar could fit into this category.
This seems to be the Blue Jays plan to the recipient where they continue to explore options for joining the team.
As the Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday he is a “priority” to give Triple-A MVP JP Arencibia a chance to win a big league job.
“JP was in Las Vegas two years away, it was a year huge, he has 25 years, we need to know about him,” said Anthopoulos. “And there are many things he needs to learn the major league level and the only way to learn is to read or at least around him. This does not mean it should be the starter.”
In the same breath, GM talked about the insurance position with a veteran, perhaps along the lines of Miguel Olivo. So if Arencibia is not ready to start in spring, the career backup Jose Molina is not the only option in Toronto.
But it does not seem that Montreal Russ Martin, the former Dodger loose cut after a season blighted by a broken hip.
Martin is commissioning would offer, but with the Yankees and the Red Sox two kicking the tires, it might be too costly for the Blue Jays.
As a former all-star who wants to prove he can catch again, 27 years is not likely to be an insurance policy for a 25-years.
In other news, the Angels seem to be blowing up the lead pack for Carl Crawford, but there are reports New York Yankees could be looking at whether they really think Cliff Lee will spin.
Obviously the best case for the Blue Jays would not face their enemy 18 times each year, if this could be the case if the Yankees Lee.
It could be a kind of pick your poison situation.
Camp Lee continues stringing along the talks, trying to make the most of suitors offering said to include the Yankees, Angels and Rangers.
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