Man alive, there’s not a whole lot in the way of Jays content out there at the moment. And any of it that’s remotely meaty, I kinda feel obligated to turn into a full post, when in earlier, newsier days, I might have just linked something about it here. So that’s what I’m gonna do. And here’s the rest.

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Missed last night’s action? Parkes has got a king hell recap over at Getting Blanked.

Beyond the Boxscore has named Alex Anthopoulos their Executive of the Year.

Alex Speier of WEEI looks at the market for David Ortiz this winter, and while the Red Sox are the prohibitive favourite, he lists the entire rest of the AL as “not a fit,” except the Yankees (mostly for shits and giggles), the Mariners (if Papi would play for a non-contender), the Angels (longshot) and the Jays. Hmmmm.

FanGraphs reminds us that Brandon McCarthy is the awesome.

I’m loathe to link to something from Bleacher Report– and I’m certainly not going to read whatever nonsense their “writer” has come up with– but they make the suggestion that the Jays should go after Edwin Jackson. And while my immediate reaction is “fuck no!” However, after a little bit of contemplation I think I’d actually say, “fuck no! But… I dunno, maybe?”

The Baltimore Sun tells us that Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, as was speculated, went in to interview for the Baltimore Orioles job earlier this week. I think it goes without saying that, selfishly, we all hope he gets the chance to stay here and finish what he and Alex Anthopoulos have started. Would be richly deserved, by all accounts, if he got the job, though.

The Outside Corner looks at the free agent market at second base and… wow, it really is weak, isn’t it? (Aaron Hill tops the list, by the way, followed by Kelly Johnson. I’d have those two reversed in a heartbeat.)

And… um… I guess that’s it.

Comments (13)

  1. Bautista was on with Wilner last night as well taking questions from callers.
    http://blog.rogersbroadcasting

  2. Dotel – effective ROOGY, talented singer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  3. Edwin Jackson? Seriously?

  4. Not counting Darvish, but isn’t Jackson the 2nd best FA pitcher available this year?  I guess not counting CC either.  Who would you rather have, Jackson or Buehrle?

  5. I haven’t heard anything, and I’m pretty sure the Jays were going to decide on who was returning to the coaching staff a week after there last game, but just to make sure, all the coaches are returning?

    Cause I really don’t want Dwayne Murphy as the hitting coach anymore, and really wanna see Chad Mottola get the chance to be the hitting coach.

  6. Count me in on Mottola too. I think its interesting he turned Snider around (twice?) and after a couple of stints in the show Murphy cant do anything for him. Likewise Aaron Hill. It’s also interesting Mottola was “called up” in Sep as a reward for his great work.

  7. Some thoughts:

    1. While I think Edwin Jackson would be a nice addition to the Jays Rotation (mostly because they need an inning eater), giving Jackson something like $10 to $12 million a year is just plain stupid.  I thought the strategy for the Jays was to avoid overpaying for mediocrity, spend money on elite players or find an internal solution.

    2. Was it Mattola that turned Snider’s hitting around or playing in the PCL against weaker pitching? I’m pretty sure it was the latter.

  8. Mattola got the walk rate up for nearly every batter he had.

    Adeiny Hech came up a level from AA, and his walk rate went up.

  9. Pitching is pitching. Snider talking a walk isn’t a result of the
    quality of the pitcher–unless he’s atrociously wild like Drabek–as
    much as it is the quality of the hitter. The difference between AAA and
    MLB of his patience is quite polar opposite.

    His LD% with the Jays has fluctuated wildly too which is a cause for concern:

    2008: 34.6% (limited AB’s)
    2009: 14.9%
    2010: 24.3%
    2011: 16.5%

    His HR/FB in 2011 of 6.1% is really bad.

    His SwStr% of 11.9% is kinda bad too, but was actually the lowest of his
    career, so there’s some improvement. For a comparison to a consistant
    hitter, Yunel Escobar posted a 5.3% SwStr% in 2011. He’s got a long way
    to go, and it’s entirely in the realm of possibility that Murphy is
    fucking him up.

    His LD% with the Jays has fluctuated wildly too which is a cause for concern:

    2008: 34.6% (limited AB’s)
    2009: 14.9%
    2010: 24.3%
    2011: 16.5%

    His HR/FB in 2011 of 6.1% is really bad.

    His SwStr% of 11.9% is kinda bad too, but was actually the lowest of his
    career, so there’s some improvement. For a comparison to a consistant
    hitter, Yunel Escobar posted a 5.3% SwStr% in 2011. He’s got a long way
    to go, and it’s entirely in the realm of possibility that Murphy is
    fucking him up.

  10. I still don’t know how much value you can put in the numbers because of the league they play in.  Drabek’s walk rate also went way up when he went to Vegas.

    Mattola himself was allergic to walks as a player.

  11. Someone had to have suggested the new stance and swing….it may have worked better in the PCL though. I’m more interested in Mottola teaching him what pitches to lay off this time.  He needs to take walks. 

  12. Right!! Not to mention he noticed Hech had a deathgrip on the bat and got him to loosen up and relax.

  13. probably thinks its a cigar.  fucking cubans

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