Busy bee today. Sorry for the delay. But now, finally, 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… um… Early-Evening Snack…
At Getting Blanked, Drew examines the value of building a Super ‘Pen.
House of the Bluebird takes a crack at it too, suggesting that it’s naive to suggest that Anthopoulos is stockpiling arms for the trade deadline, given that the removal of the potential for Type-B compensation makes these kinds of arms far less valuable than in recent years.
Jim Breen of FanGraphs writes about Francisco Cordero, Blue Jay, a depreciating asset who “is undergoing a transformation on the mound, the same transformation that many aging pitchers have to endure. He is attempting to deal with declining stuff.”
Steal of Home superimposes Prince Fielder’s hits at Miller Park from 2008 to 2011 onto Comerica, and figures that his power numbers are going to take a hit, with his 24 Miller Park dingers in 2011 dipping to just 11 had he played home games for Detroit.
Bluebird Banter has part two of their interview with Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton. Double Pappy!
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports on the Brandon Morrow extension, and the tendency of Alex Anthopoulos to pay players he knows, not ones from outside the organization.
Grantland, Jonah Keri wonders what the hell the Red Sox are doing.
The Toronto Star gives us a nice, odd, superficial comparison of John McDonald and Omar Vizquel.
Lastly, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times is doing his “MLB owners are cheap fuck and bloggers who don’t know what they’re talking about do their PR dirty work by nitpicking within the framework of unacceptably low budgets” thing on Twitter. For some reason I’m reminded of this: