mweir145 wrote:It looks as if only $3M of the previously reported $5M will be on the Jays' payroll for the 2006 season. The rest of it looks to be split up between a $1.5M signing bonus, and a possible buyout of $500,000.
The $1.5 million dollars still counts for luxury tax purposes. If the option is declined, it all counts for 2006; otherwise, I believe it's split evenly between 2006 and 2007.
Playoffbound wrote:Does this mean they will deal Zaun, Phillips or Q? And if so who might be interested?
I imagine Molina/Zaun will share the catching duties (Molina seeing more of that time presumably). Phillips has hardly any trade value, and, since he was only signed to a minor league deal, he's more likely to just be released. And since Molina and Zaun are signed only for the short-term, I would imagine that they hang onto the 24-year-old Quiroz.
This signing does give the Jays some depth, but Molina really isn't that much of an upgrade over Zaun (unless you for some reason expect drastic changes in recent performance). Here's the WARP/EqA comparison the past couple of years:
2005: Molina (3.5 WARP .268 EqA) vs. Zaun (3.3 WARP .254 EqA)
2004: Molina (2.0 WARP .244 EqA) vs. Zaun (2.4 WARP .258 EqA)
Molina has performed well against lefties (particularly last year, though not every season), however given the fact that Zaun doesn't have a noticeable platoon split to exploit, the gains here don't seem particularly great (in light of the cost).
**Edit** I just saw on Rotoworld that Quiroz is out of options, so he may well be traded. I would imagine that some team (Colorado and Florida leap to mind as possibilities) would give him a roster spot.