By the way? Those rumors Phillippe Aumont is out of the deal? Not true. He’s in the deal, but it looks like he’s going to Philly, not Toronto.
We’re seeing all kinds of names thrown about as some of those who could be dealt in the Cliff Lee blockbuster. Here’s another to add to your list that I’ve now heard from a couple of places.
Class A starting pitcher J.C. Ramirez (also known as Juan Ramirez).
Ramirez was recently added to Seattle’s 40-man roster and was listed by Baseball America’s as the No. 5 overall prospect in the organization heading into this coming season. He was a part of that Class A High Desert juggernaut we told you about from this past season. The native of Nicaragua is only 21 and went 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA last season.
But like I said, he’s only 21. And at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, he’s a big, imposing guy with a lot of appeal. He struck out 111 guys in 142 1/3 innings while walking 53.
He’s a name I’m hearing now. Not the only name, but one of them.
The reason no one has nailed this down definitively yet is because it’s probably still a fluid situation. Everyone has agreed on the big names, it’s the smaller stuff that hasn’t come out yet. In the past, prior to Twitter and high-speed internet, teams would have a day or two to nail down the nitty gritty before news of a deal leaked.
Now, it gets out there so fast — and it’s tough to hide the fact Roy Halladay is in Philadelphia for extension talks and a physical — that teams don’t have a chance to finalize the deal before everyone is already a day or two into analyzing it.
Kind of takes the steam out of tomorrow’s Chone Figgins press conference, doesn’t it?
So, while we’re waiting on more info, ponder this poll question: