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…

BONUS!

Dan Knobler of CBSSports.com tweets– via MLBTR, as a shit-tonne of the factoids in this post are– that the Jays are “a real longshot at best” on Ubaldo.

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!

Oh ya, and here’s a Jose Bautista song from Buck 65– yes, the Canadian recording artist @Buck65. (H/T to @DSF81)

Joey Bats by buck65

Comments (24)

  1. Getting Ubaldo for 3 years, during a time that the Jays should be contending….makes perfect sense to me.

  2. has corey been waived yet? surely he isn’t still here after tonight’s shitshow. maybe when he kills one of the infielders, they might make a move.

    nice how FF has gone from closer to mopup guy

  3. ubaldo sucks.  another NL stiff who would get destroyed in the AL

  4. Deck Mcguire, Jake Marisnick, Jimenez and Alvarez  could possibly get it done..

    Unless the Rockies would demand Drabek, in which case it would be Drabek, Marisnick and Jimenez.

    The system could handle a hit like that . Aslong as it doesn’t involve Snider, Lawrie, Gose or d’Arnaud who really cares. 

  5. Tony Larussa is about as likeable as that guy I saw at the bar with a popped collar and a Molson Sublime in each hand.

  6. I think the jays should strongly consider trading Gose and alvarez for Rasmus. Rasmus hasnt been great this yr but he has a lot of talent. He’s just as toolsy as gose. Plus, gose is further away and is even more raw. I think the Jays should capitalize on this oppurtunity. I really think alvarez is one of the more overrated prospects in the system. Throws hard, doesnt miss bats and gives up hits. No thanks. Would Stl do this? I dont know, but I think the jays should. maybe throw in a ready big league arm like Stewart in and they probabably would.

  7. Nothing will happen.

  8. A White Sox fan with a history of breaking Sox deals early is claiming Teahen & Edwin Jackson are about to be traded to Toronto for Frasor + Prospect.

    Strange..

  9. drabek, cibia, gose, stewart + one more for felix. i’d do that.

  10. now the jays are after wandy rodriguez.  fuck the jays are the team whore every reporter uses to pimp their articles.  the guy is a bit old, 32 and makes big coin so he could come cheap. hopefully the greek ninja can pull this one off.

  11. “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.”

    For a guy who writes about baseball,its fucking amazing how little you know about it.Get your head out of your ass.
    I guess you like your team to turn the other cheek and have it all nice and sunshiney, with cock sucking butterflies spreading love and peace  to all players.
    After the Orioles plunk your best player maybe they should get together and have a bake sale to raise funds for decorating the clubhouse.
    Perhaps you could organize a group therapy session to discuss how the players should get in touch with their feelings.

  12. I seriously doubt frasor could net edwin jackson, unless the prospect is a major one. 

  13. If the sox are trading for a reliever like frasor, that to me means they are going for it.  If they are going for it, then why would they trade one of their starting pitchers? 

    last i checked, the sox pen was pretty damn solid and replete with power arms.

    that trade rumor is fucking ass crack cheeze.

  14. Have there been any rumblings of offers or demands for Ubaldo? I’d pray to God that d’Arnaud stays, though who’s to say he pans out I suppose. AA’s going to have a shit-tonne of arms to offer, especially considering this year’s draft: Alvarez, Stewart, and Drabek could be a start. Too much? Let the mindless speculation begin!

  15. St. Louis apparently wanted Edwin Jackson for Rasmus. So yeah. Frasor and prospect? I’d imagine it would have to be a fairly coveted prospect. Mark Teahen though, that’s weird.

  16. Are you retarded? 

  17. Help my fuck, that song is terrible!

  18. Go get be Ubaldo.   That would be fucking sweet.   Jimenez, Morrow, Cecil, Romaro and Drabek  is as solid as a rotation as there is and has the potential to be Atlanta Braves-ish.  We are talking best in the leauge everyone of thoese guys is a top of the  rotation starter…..eventually……Name another team with five potential Cy Young guys?    To those saying Jimenez  wouldnt handle the AL east -  he pitches half his games in Colorodo – come on!    Also for extra fun, check out his wikipedia page where someone has quoted him as saying he wans to play in NY cause the ESB reminds him of his cock.

  19. Well I agree that purposely throwing a 90 mile an hour fastball at an opposing player is not always appropriate, in this case it would serve a much greater purpose than just retaliation. 

    Many teams have begun throwing Bautista high and inside, as I assume they believe this gives them the best opportunity to get him out and of course this will at times lead to him getting plunked.

    By hitting an opposing player you probably force the umpire to issue warnings to both sides, such that the next player hit will result in the pitcher and manager being ejected.  This will stop the opposing pitcher from throwing inside (for fear of accidently hitting someone) and will give a player like Bautista a better shot at getting a pitch on the outside of the plate, where he would have a better chance of getting a hit.

    Obviously, as Bautista came out of the game there was no point in doing that last night, but I would not be suprised if one of the Orioles gets one in the back tonight. 

  20. Prescient? This is exactly the rumour that is now buzzing
    on Twitter.

  21. He was right after all. The jays got rasmus at a huge discount to what jays fans thought it would take to get him.

    Tony la russa may have made a huge mistahe by trashing rasmus.

  22. was it?

  23. I interviewed Buck 65 about that Bautista song and that time he was scouted by the Yankees. Read it at http://infieldfly.ca/2011/07/2… if you’re interested.

  24. My hat is off to your astute command over this tovia-brcpo!

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