I sure as shit-fuck don’t want to talk about that shit-fucking of a shitty fucking game between the Jays and the Baltimore Orioles tonight, at least as far as the outcome or anything related to the score goes– other than to say, way to knock yourself out of Type-B free agent status, Shawn Camp.
There was, of course, the whole issue of Jose Bautista getting nailed behind the ear from a Jake Arrieta pitch in the third inning. Thankfully we’re learning now via the various pairs of ragged claws, scuttling across the floors of silent seas that Bautista is free of any symptoms of a concussion and will be eligible to play Wednesday.
It was a scary moment– one that could have been a lot, lot worse– and I understand the numerous Jays fans who took to Twitter to vent about it after the incident. Thing is, as much as I find great humour in some good old-fashioned blood-lust– not to mention how fucking boss it is when guys get all retaliatory on other teams– it’s a hell of a fucking thing to huck a baseball upwards of 90 miles an hour and intentionally hit a guy. Unless you’re so thoroughly an asshole, or so jacked up on steroids the guy you get to inject your ass with deca durabolin might mistake your little raisin-balls for a misplaced snack, you’ve really got to want to do a thing like that. You’ve got to believe the guy you’re throwing at deserves what he gets.
Did Jake Arrieta’s actions deserve to get a teammate plunked? Did he intend to hit Bautista? With only a 4-0 lead in the third with a man already on second, just one out, and the heart of the order coming up? Taking into consideration the way he reacted after the pitch got away from him?
No. He didn’t. At least… I’m pretty sure he didn’t. Regardless, sometimes it’s just not worth responding.
Meanwhile, as tonight’s bataan death march of a game slogged on, ESPN’s Jayson Stark– the man who yesterday brought the Jays into the BJ Upton conversation– continued with his plan to make himself persona non grata on tight-lipped Blue Jays Way, tweeting that the Jays “are a team to add to the Ubaldo Jimenez field.”
The Jays “legitimately want this guy,” an unnamed exec told Stark.
So… perchaps I was a little quick to write off the Jays’ interest in the Rockies’ top starter. Or… maybe, as I’m most likely going to say a billion times between now and when the deadline finally passes, they’re just being thorough and checking out every possibility available to them.
Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence. Due diligence.
And why not? Isn’t that part of what the Jays’ dramatic expansion the scouting department was for?
Obviously it would take a shit-tonne to pry him away, but with the Rockies possibly serious about moving him, and Ubaldo being under contract at a great price for three years after this one (counting his dirt-cheap $5.75-million and $8-million team options for 2013 and 14 [Note: the details of the contract provided at Cot's say "may void 2014 if traded"]), he’s a hell of a piece– and exactly the kind of guy the Jays likely wouldn’t be able to obtain through free agency.
Sure, you’d worry about any pitcher coming into the American League East, plus, there’s a knock on him that he’s inconsistent– but the other week over at Fangraphs Dave Cameron did an excellent job trying to dispel that notion, explaining that “It seems like most of the perception of Jimenez’s inconsistency comes from his crazy low run suppression in the first half of last season, when he had a 1.15 ERA through his first 14 starts. Naturally, he couldn’t keep that up, but we shouldn’t confuse regression to the mean with an inherent lack of consistency on Jimenez’s part. ERA just wasn’t doing a very good job of measuring Jimenez’s true talent level, and given a larger sample size, his good fortune ran out. It happens, but it doesn’t make Jimenez inconsistent, and it certainly doesn’t make him A.J. Burnett. ” [Note: Get well soon, Dave!]
Not to go all agreeing-with-Richard-Griffin-y on your asses here, but with the Jays having set themselves up well to potentially game compensation picks or prospects for some of their spare parts, maybe they could be comfortable with the hit to their system it would take to obtain an Ubaldo (any Ubaldo at all! Ubaldo Smith! Just do it! Obtain one!).
Surely it would be argued that making a deal like this would require too great a break from the club’s operating philosophy, but let’s not forget that Anthopoulos is more of a gambler, and not as conservative with money as his more hardcore acolytes would like him to be (see: Bautista, Jose — contract). Maybe there’s really something to this. Maybe there should be…
Also… Colby Rasmus alert! According to Matthew Leach– who you may remember from this week’s Getting Blanked Podcast– and Austin Laymance [Note: awesome fucking name!] of MLB.com, Tony LaRussa has gone rogue, telling “a St. Louis television station on Tuesday that outfielder Colby Rasmus ‘doesn’t listen’ to the team’s coaches,” adding that “that’s why he gets in these funks, in my opinion. … I actually feel concern for him, because he hears it from so many places, he’s got to be confused.”
“Well, he’s listening to somebody,” LaRussa said, not-so-vaguely alluding to Rasmus’s father, one presumes.
Torch his value, little genius. Torch it! All the better for everybody else!