Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos explained the lack of interest in the pitcher thusly:
“We don’t have enough background and scouting looks to make a proper offer,” Anthopoulos wrote in an e-mail. “Going forward, these will be the types of things we will be more proactive with. I think the way the Red Sox pursued [Daisuke Matsuzaka] is a great model. They were doing homework on him for years.”
Which to me suggests two very positive things:
1. He’s not going to spend theoretical money just because he has it.
2. The scouts are going to be hitting up places from which players are considered free agents!