Jays players wanted to defer portions of salary for Santana

Ervin Santana #54 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the...

Ervin Santana #54 of the Kansas City Royals pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium on September 20, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

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We have a suggestion next time the Blue Jays try to form a underground cabal to bring on more talent: Involve a real money earner like Bob McCown

Get the host of Prime Time Sports in on the talks.

He is a deal-maker.

Shortstop Jose Reyes confirmed Ken Rosenthal’s FOX Sports story Friday that some Jays players had discussed deferring portions of their salaries in order to sign free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana.

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and Reyes agreed to defer amounts, which would equal the $14.1 million earmarked for Santana, who eventually signed with the Atlanta Braves.

“I think Buehrle and I were going to give a little more than the other guys since we make more,” said Reyes after the Jays lost 7-3 to the New York Yankees last night.

Buehrle earns $18 million and Reyes $16 million.

Bautista will earn $14 million and Dickey $12 million. Encarnacion makes $9 million.

When we first read Rosenthal’s story, we thought no chance.

This is the type of thing that happens in the NFL.


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