Blue Jays lineup; MacPhail’s Q&A

For the Blue Jays:
Fred Lewis LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Jose Bautista RF
Vernon Wells CF
Adam Lind DH
Aaron Hill 2B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Edwin Encarnacion 3B
Jose Molina C

Brandon Morrow RHP

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail took questions from season-ticket holders earlier today. Here are a few interesting points:

* MacPhail indicated that the new manager will get to pick his coaching staff. The subject came up when a fan asked about Scott McGregor’s chances of being named pitching coach sometime down the road. MacPhail praised Rick Kranitz, but it seems apparent that the decision will rest with the manager.

* Asked about the possibility of Matt Wieters eventually moving to first base, MacPhail said, “I think that may happen, but that’s years in advance.”

* Asked whether he regrets not re-signing third baseman Melvin Mora, MacPhail replied, “I haven’t lost a moment’s sleep over that decision.” MacPhail said he can go back and second-guess certain decisions that were made, “but that’s not one of them.” He also threw a compliment at Miguel Tejada, who happened to be on the field for batting practice and heard the whole thing.

* Are any players untouchable in trade talks? “If the deal’s right,” MacPhail replied, “I can’t say ‘untouchable.’” However, MacPhail also said it would be hard to give up one of the young starters, which will be necessary if the Orioles are going to acquire an impact bat. Hard, but apparently not impossible.

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