This morning Bluebird Banter wrote of the danger to bloggers of sleeping on a topic when it’s really fresh, because so often you’ll wake up to find that a bunch of other people have already said exactly what you’d hoped to– and when you’re me, usually better. I feel a bit like I’m doing that perpetually lately, so… yeah, rather than having a shit-tonne to say about it myself, here are some links.
Smart People Think Getting Michael Young Is A Stupid Idea
Not that I think this whiny little bitch would ever come to the Jays anyway, it’s comforting to know that Drew over at Ghostrunner on First, and Parkes over at Getting Blanked have us all covered when it comes to calling out TSN’s Daan “Dutch unclutch” de Kerpel for actually suggesting it’s not fucking preposterous for the Jays to look into acquiring the Rangers overrated, expensive, worse-defensively-than-Edwin-Encarnacion infielder.
This was also the column that provoked Dakers’ lament.
Today (OK, Two Days Ago) In Completely Unsur-fucking-prising News
According to Kenny Ken Ken of Fox Sports, the Jays would like to trade Juan Rivera. Get in a time machine, go back to two days ago when this was relevant, and stop the fucking presses!
Yeah, it’s almost like the Jays were willing to take whatever shit Anaheim was offering in order to get the Vernon Wells contract off the books. So, as with Napoli, now their task is to move Rivera for something they might actually want. As the spring moves along, that shouldn’t be too difficult.
The bigger thing, I think– which Rosenthal’s suggestion that Rivera is slated as the fourth outfielder right now compounds– is that it kinda makes you think that they’re definitely going to put Bautista in right. I’ve continued to say that it’s fucking crazy to think they’d jump Brett Lawrie straight to the majors, but shit, maybe I’m wrong.
Of course, you’d think that if they did so– given their reluctance to let Edwin Encarnacion throw to Adam Lind, and given that he’s never been a third baseman before– he’d probably play second, with Aaron Hill moving to third. However, John Farrell said last week that they’re going to put Lawrie at third this spring. So… unless they think he’ll be able to step right in and be able to handle the position– something they seem afraid of when it comes to Adam Lind, who has more experience at his new position, whose position is easier, and who they’ve actually worked with up close– I still don’t really see it.
On The Other Hand (Regarding Lawrie)…
Here’s what we find at the end of Robert MacLeod’s latest piece on Alex Anthopoulos from the Globe and Mail:
As for Lawrie, who is still a year or two away from cracking the major-league lineup in the opinion of many, Anthopoulos did allow that the Blue Jays are going to see if third base might be a fit.
“We know he’s athletic enough and he has the positional flexibility,” Anthopoulos said about Lawrie, who has primarily played second base in the minors. “He’s told me he’ll play anywhere, he doesn’t care. We also think he’s athletic enough to play the outfield.”
Brett’s Ascent Hitting the Wall(ace)?
Interesting stuff yesterday from Sports and the City, who took a look at Keith Law’s analysis of “graduated prospects”– guys who were ineligible for his Top 100– and specifically focussed on Brett Wallace.
“The new consensus is that Wallace can’t cover the inner half because he doesn’t fully rotate his back side through his swing, ceding the inside part of the plate to the pitcher, and that it’s not fixable,” Law writes. Kinda sounds like the whole giant legs thing really is an issue.
Morosi on Bautista
A couple of items from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports on Jose Bautista: first, Morosi tells us today that Monday is D-Day for the Jays and Bautista, as they’ll have their arbitration hearing that day in Arizona. Should be interesting…
The second thing, which is a little older, is the fact that the Red Sox pushed hard to trade for Bautista this winter, before they made their free agent splash on Carl Crawford.
It’s significant that the Jays decided not to trade him to their division rival (rival, of course, being a loose term at this point), but as Morosi points out, what may be more important is that Boston’s aggressive pursuit suggests that baseball people think he’s not a fluke.
If that turns out to be the case, I wouldn’t be fucking happier to have been wrong all last summer about it. Then again, it might not all be great news: FanGraphs suggests a repeat season might put Bautista among the next crop of $100-million players.
Yeah, there’s probably a full post’s worth of stuff to talk about with Jose, huh?
Speaking of FanGraphs, I’m not going to claim that I really understand what the fuck they’re getting at, but in trying to figure out values of scouts, they show Travis Snider to be one of the ten most “valuable” prospects of the last five years.
Mop Up Duty notices that, in the 2011 Pecota Projections, JP Arencibia gets a Johnny Bench comp! Crazy. Of course, heading into his age 25 season Bench had already led the NL in home runs twice, won two MVPs and made five All-Star teams. So… yeah, let’s not go nuts.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com has a nice piece on Jays’ special assistant Dana Brown, who interviewed for the Mets top job this winter, and who– it says here– is black! Sure. Next you’re gonna tell me Travis Snider and Curtis Thigpen are white.
The super cool dude who does 1 Blue Jays Way calls Parkes a douche bag. Hahahaha. (Well, actually he misspelled it– two words, friend!– but, really, it’s the thought that counts.)
Jeremy Sandler of the National Post catches up with the Jays draftees who infamously didn’t sign with the club in the summer of 2009, to much gnashing of teeth from a bunch of fucking morons. Note to guys who get drafted: you probably want to take the guaranteed money you’re offered.