Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Mid-Afternoon Snack…
Matt Klassen of FanGraphs looks at the market for Manny, who he thinks could work out well for a team willing to take a low-risk chance on him, and tosses the Jays into the four-AL-Team mix, noting that, if Manny looks anything remotely like Manny, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind don’t exactly pose giant obstacles to him getting playing time. He’s not wrong.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes notes that this week MLB owners will meet for the last time before the self-imposed deadline to decide whether or not to expand the playoff field for this season, or to just wait until 2013. Could this decision be holding up the market for Roy Oswalt, Hiroki Kuroda, and many of the other pitchers out there?
On the weekend Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that one of the many, many Jays’ former catchers of the future who are still roaming freely around the earth, Kevin Cash, was actually still playing pro ball, but has now retired. And he has joined the Jays as their Major League advance scout. ” Cash is one of those guys you always thought would wind up being a major league manager,” Cafardo writes.
Over at the Tao of Stieb the Org Guy says that the Jays are doing something right by going out once again on their Winter Caravan– or whatever the fuck they call it now. Should I give enough of a shit to be writing about this dog and pony show? I hope everyone has fun, and I think the Org Guy is right that it’s a great/smart thing the club has returned to doing, it’s just… meh.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at the Oakland A’s top prospects, where Michael Taylor (remember him?) checks in a number twelve, a C+. Anthopoulos might have done alright spinning him for Wallace and then Gose, huh?
Returning back to Getting Blanked, the Common Man– who you may also be familiar with from the awesome Platoon Advantage– gives us an excellent, Hall of Fame- and US politics-related version of his Monday Metaphors segment.
Lastly, at Bluebird Banter, Woodman663 looks at the A’s Brandon McCarthy as “the new Bautista.” (As in, a guy who had a stupendous breakout season out of nowhere).