My Japanese is… nonexistent. But Jays fan @Daisy_child‘s isn’t, and she passes along this Yahoo! Japan report (translated) that suggests to us that the Jays are getting close (or something) to being serious about adding a second baseman. And not just any second baseman, but Takashi Toritani, the supremely-durable, high on-base shortstop (who will shift to second in North America) of the Hanshin Tigers.
I gave as much background as I could on him yesterday, after reports first surfaced — and after his agent, Scott Boras, said that there had been discussions about the player between him and the Jays. Shi Davidi confirmed at Sportsnet something that was in the original Japanese report, telling us that “Dan Evans, who covers the Pacific Rim for the Blue Jays, was seen scouting him during the Japan Series, so they’ve done some work on him.”
But don’t let the splashy translated headline fool you. If you read the report — even the translated one — it’s clear that this is far from a done deal as yet.
Boras said about the time limit “after the winter meetings, to some relationship with the Hanshin. That will talks with birds, you want to decide during December,” he said. If consideration of the Christmas holiday, the rest but about two weeks, and was confident by the end of the year settled, it’s evidence that feels the response to negotiations under the surface of the water. Boras said was to have a also includes the residual as “there is a possibility that remains to Hanshin”, even during this month, tiger of captain is likely to be across the sea.
Well that totally clears it up!
Oh, OK. This helps a little more, I suppose:
— C.A. Daisy (@Daisy_child) December 12, 2014
So… there’s that.