It's official, AJ's used his opt out.
You know, it's funny that we're so quick to blame AJ for having a good year in his contract year. We all made fun of him in some way because it's only the second time he pitched 200 + innings - both times in contract years. And rightly so, as it's too much of a coincidence for my liking. But as of 2007, AJ was a type B free agent, which would have meant we only got a supplemental draft pick for him. Fast forward to 2008, and the Jays are in line to get a first rounder and a supplemental pick cause Elias pegged him as an "A" free agent. In the end the widely panned opt out was mutually beneficial. I guess it's better to be lucky than good...
This is, assuming he doesn't re sign with the Jays (which, is pretty unlikely).
Bets on how many innings he pitches in 2009? I'm putting him at 155 2/3.