It may be the San Diego Padres who end up winning the mini-sweepstakes to land Japanese infielder Takashi Toritani. That’s just a guess, mind you, but it’s one based on the fact that a report from Sanspo, via Yahoo! Japan, says that the San Diego Padres would be looking to bring Toritani to North America to play his natural position, shortstop.
The Jays, of course, only have interest in him as a second baseman.
Sure, money ultimately could change his mind — and you don’t hire Scott Boras as your agent if you’re not thinking of money first and foremost — but at the moment that doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Jays either. And… well… add that to the fact that the west coast would likely be preferable to a player from San Diego, as well as that… y’know… it’s San Diego, and suddenly you maybe don’t like Alex Anthopoulos’s chances so much.
But again, the fact that he’s with Boras suggests that those peripheral factors may not exactly be paramount, and maybe he’s not as bothered by the idea of a position switch as I’m guessing. We shall see, I suppose — and perhaps soon, as earlier on Monday I passed along reports that a decision on where Toritani will play could come as soon as this week.
Here are some relevant passages from the Sanspo report, awesomely translated by Google, which of course also bring up the damn turf issue:
Padres is I was found to be presenting the “best conditions” for Toritani. I just found that we have been negotiating with Blue Jays, but was revealed comprehensively the story of the US baseball official, it’s the content. Rather than a second baseman, towards the major contract in the shortstop of the professional, and that are discussing.
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Jed Jako infielder of the season from 6-year contract to second base (26), but the third base there are promising strain as Yanherubisu-Sorate infielder (27), hole of guerrilla vacant To gaping. So, I mean Toritani emerged.
Home Petco Park is also the burden to the foot small in natural grass. San Diego’s climate also livable in Japanese also warm and safe urban. Studied to Iguchi (now Lotte) is also a baseball team was a member of the 2008.
So… there’s that.
Crotch grab in the direction of Gideon Turk for passing along the article via Twitter.
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