Tagged: Adeiny Hechevarria

Confirmation

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When news broke about the Jays signing top Cuban shortstop, Adeiny Hechevarria, I got a little too excited.  It took about 3 weeks for this deal to actually be confirmed.  Finally we have confirmation.  I treated all of you reading very poorly, and I mislead you all.  I’m sorry and I ask for your forgiveness.  And the photo above:  it is actually not a photo of Adeiny Hechevarria.  Man, has my integrity has gone out the window?  ….

Anyway, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:  “Hechavarria received a $4 million signing bonus — the largest in club
history — and will earn $500,000 during the 2010 season. Since it is a
Major League contract, the Jays will need to use a player option to
send the shortstop to the Minor Leagues this year. Hechavarria is then
scheduled to earn $2 million in 2011 and $1.75 million in each of the
2012 and 2013 campaigns. Hechavarria also has the potential to become
eligible for salary arbitration before his contract expires.”

I heard that Hechevarria will possibly be sent to double A New Hampshire, after the extended spring training.  If that is the case, then we might even have a look at Hechevarria in 2011, with hopes the he can be in the everyday lineup by 2012?  I can’t wait to get a look at him, as he could be the high-risk, high-reward signing that Jays fan have been looking for.    

Just When I Doubted Him …. Doubt him UNCONFIRMED as yet

First of all, I want to apologize to young Jays GM, Alex Anthopolous, for reiterating some of the criticism that has been thrown his way in the offseason.  Anthopolous is making HIS moves.  Put simply, he is doing what he feels needs to done in order to build the Jays from the ground up.  Who am I to say that he is making too many low-risk decisions that resemble the former GM J.P. Ricciardi? 

I really hope Brett Wallace proves the critics wrong. 

A funny thing happened last week.  It was as if I woke up something in Alex Anthopolous by my last post?  AA did something totally beyond what the former management would have done.  He took a risk!  An exciting risk on one of the top international baseball prosects.  The Jays signed supposedly 19-year-old Cuban infield prospect Adeiny Hechevarria to aHechevarria copy.jpg 4-year-deal worth 10 million dollars.  Even though the Yankees aggressively pursued Hechevarria, and reportedly offered him more money, the Jays scooped him up.  The young man expects to move quickly up the ladder in the Jays organization – something that he felt could not be achieved in New York.  

One scout calls Hechevarria the next Alfonso Soriano, another says that he is more of fielder than a hitter, and then one more scout believes that he eventually be an outfielder.  Regardless, Alex Anthopolous is taking a necessary risk in this signing!  I like it!  Acquiring a young infielder fills a void in our organization, and even if it doesn’t work out, you can tell that AA’s mind is in the right place. 

He is slinging the guns!  Risking money on a young player than can potentially pay ‘HUGE 5-catergory’ dividends!  With this move, AA countered the exact thing that I wrote about last week.  Using Baseball Prospectus’ evaluation of the Taylor/Wallace trade to comment on how AA dealt a high-reward prospect, Michael Taylor, for a low-reward, one-dimensional guy in Wallace.  Hechevarria is definitely the ‘high-risk, high-reward’ move that Blue Jays were looking for, and Baseball Prospcetus was expecting.  

Hechevarria will likely start the year in AA New Hampshire – an indication that the Jays will REALLY move the guy along.  This move has the whole Blue Jay nation up in excitement!

Quite frankly, I see it as ‘baseballs out‘ move!  As soon as 2012, the Jays will be ready to throw em?  Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Orioles if you want to throw down in fisticuffs, fine. I’ve got Mr. Jack Johnson and Dr. Tom O’Leary waiting for ya, right here.  < (Anchorman)