The catching position is one of priority for the Toronto Blue Jays to upgrade this offseason, and while it’s just day two of the MLB Winter Meetings, one of the Toronto Blue Jays potential targets may already be out of their price range after Ken Rosenthal tweeted the following:
Free-agent catcher Carlos Ruiz‘s agent has told at least one suitor that he has a two-year, $20M offer.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2013
It has been reported this offseason that the Blue Jays budget is expected to increase to around $150-million for the upcoming season, a very respectable number given what it had been leading into last off-season’s spending spree, but with around $135-million already committed, and a number of holes on the roster left to fill (hello second base and starting pitching) it seems like a stretch that the Blue Jays would come close to a $10-million a year catcher that is coming off of a season in which he posted a wRC+ of 89.
While that is substantially higher than the 57 wRC+ posted by J.P. Arencibia, and is done so with a higher level of defensive play than the Blue Jays incumbent, it seems unlikely that the Jays would bust their budget with a number of other options available.