Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy new graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Mid-Afternoon Snack…
Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated spoke to a friend who reacts to– and confirms– the rumour about Albert Pujols and/or Dan Lozano being in Toronto. Heyman tweets that his friend says: “He isn’t (signing with) Toronto. (By going) he’s telling world he doesnt have what he wants.”
Matt Connor of Baseball Nation takes Bob Elliott’s rumour mongering to its illogical conclusion (see what I just did there?), wondering if the Royals’ interest in Colby Rasmus and the Jays’ interest in a closer might make a play for Joakim Soria a match. Um… fuck that.
The Vancouver Sun tells us that the Vancouver Canadians– who were just named Baseball America’s franchise of the year– are working on “raising the team to triple-A classification.” Still kinda a long trip for the Mike McCoys of the world, but in terms of marketing… yeah, that’d do.
RotoGraphs looks at Luis Valbuena and his potential as a starter for the Jays at second– which isn’t exactly thrilling: his impressive minor league season translated (via the Hardball Times’ Oliver system) to a slightly-above-average-for-a-2B .260/.322/.403. And he’s not much of a defender. Still, he’s an upgrade on Mike McCoy as a plan B.
Jayson Stark has an interesting CBA-related Q&A with MLBPA head Michael Weiner at ESPN.com.
MLB.com looks at the off-season regimen of a few different players, including Ricky Romero.
Retro Jays Cards is a tumblr that works pretty much exactly how you think: a guy goes to the Rogers Centre, grabs old packs of cards, and scans and tells you about the ones featuring Jays players– both obscure and well-known. Interesting stuff.
Arizona Fall League stats don’t really tell us much of anything, but that won’t stop Jays Journal from reviewing how the Jays’ position players did during this year’s AFL.
Jays Journal also tells us about Brian Tallet: fraud victim.
Lastly, over at Getting Blanked Drew points you to some fine reading, back from a time When Men Were Men and Crime Was Legal.