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 Early-Afternoon Snack…
I saw this last night and probably should have written a full post about it then, but now that MLBTR and Getting Blanked are all over it, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of point. So, I’ll simply pass along Jeff Blair’s comment from the Globe and Mail that “several sources” say that the Mariners wanted Brett Lawrie for Michael Pineda, and the Jays balked at the suggestion. Not to diminish Blair’s fine work in actually getting the information, but, well… obviously. Been figuring on that for a while now, no?
FanGraphs has a poll up, asking readers whether they’d rather have Montero or Lawrie. I think the answer is obvious, right?
“I’m not complaining whatsoever. It’s a question that I was asked so I gave an honest answer. It’s not in my interest to make it seem like I’m getting picked on,” said Jose Bautista on TSN Radio yesterday, speaking to the comments he made at a banquet in the Dominican last week, where he said that he’d been tested for PEDs 16 times in the last two seasons, after being tested just twice previously. “I don’t mind it; it’s something that is not going to affect my focus and I’m not going to allow it to affect how I play my game. They are entitled to do whatever they want and test you as many times as they want. If I get picked to be tested a million times, that’s fine with me.”
There were a couple of Jays-related tidbits in this week’s Ask BA with Jim Callis at Baseball America, who says that Yoenis Cespedes would be the Jays’ top prospect, if they were to sign him. He’s a top 10-15 prospect in baseball, while Travis d’Arnaud ranks 26 for BA. On the good side, he lists a bunch of Jays prospects who were outside their top 30, but would have been “prime candidates” for the White Sox list: first basemen Mike McDade and J.C. Hobson; shortstop Dawel Lugo; outfielders Eric Arce, Wilmer Becerra, Darin Mastroianni and Brad Glenn; lefthanders Griffin Murphy, Sean Nolin and Mitchell Taylor; and righties Manuel Cordoba, Jesus Tinoco, Joel Carreno and Trystan Magnuson.
Missed this last week, but I think it’s worth revisiting: John Lott of the National Post talks about the Brandon Morrow extension and his new-found devotion to #jerkball.
MiLB.com has a Q&A with Travis d’Arnaud.
Lastly, there are a bunch of nice pissy-pants reaction from mainstream writers (and some good stuff) after last night’s State of the Franchise event, which I think will be best rounded up in a separate post. So, stay tuned for that. I think.