Ken Rosenthal believes the Blue Jays will have to “pay a premium” to lure free agents

Ken Rosenthal appeared on Tim and Sid (which was actually not Tim and Side but Arash Madani and Stephen Brunt) on Friday with some, uh, less than encouraging words about the Blue Jays and their pursuit of a game-changing free agent.

To paraphrase, Rosenthal was asked by Madani who he figured the Blue Jays would add in free agency, to which Rosenthal replied that he had no idea, though they’ve been in on pretty much everyone out there. Rosenthal then went on to say that he believes that top free agents will be more inclined to sign with American teams, putting the Blue Jays at a bit of a disadvantage…

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My feel with them, not that they’re going to get used, but that unless they pay a premium, that guys are going to go and stick with the American teams.

Let’s look at [George] Springer, for example. Here’s a guy that seems to have sincere interest in the Jays and they seem to have sincere interest in him. But he’s from Connecticuit and if the Mets come at him and the money is roughly the same, will he want to stay as close to home as possible? My guess is yes.

Remember, this is Rosenthal simply expressing an opinion. George Springer or whoever else hasn’t explicitly told him that they would rather stick close to home. He’s just speculating.

And, to be honest, what he’s…

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