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…
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun notes that, despite his 327 career saves, Francisco Cordero “will set up for [Sergio] Santos, holder of 31 career saves.” Apparently aghast, he adds, “What’s next, Anthony Gose, who will open at triple-A Las Vegas, hitting third opening day instead of Jose Bautista?” This has to be a joke, right?
Asked if he thinks Colby Rasmus will ever repeat or exceed his 2010, Kevin Goldstein tweets that he’s “not optimistic after discussions for” his most recent Baseball Prospectus piece.
Speaking of, at Getting Blanked Drew takes issue with the executive who compared Rasmus to JD Drew, noting that most people would kill to have the kind of career that Drew has. JD, that is. Although…
Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated has his latest updated list of pitchers to be concerned about, regarding the Verducci Effect– none of whom are Jays, not that it matters, as Derek Carty of Baseball Prospectus adds more (paywall’d) evidence to the pile that says the theory is bunk.
According to a tweet from the former, Kyle Drabek and Travis d’Arnaud are rooming in Dunedin. Nice view.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors notes that the Jays have four players on their 40-man roster with less than five years of service who are out of options: Davis, Perez, Santos and Valbuena. They have two more with over five years of service who are out– McGowan and Mathis.
From my old stomping grounds at theScore Buzz, it’s Gary Pettis holding a Gary Pettis card on a Gary Pettis card. My mind is, like, totally blown, man.
Holy shit: Fox Sports North, via Baseball Think Factory, talks to the Twins’ Joe Benson on the dangers of playing in Venezuela– and after the robbery at gunpoint he just experienced, he’d know.
Bluebird Banter ranks Joe Carter as the 36th best Blue Jay of all time, admitting that they really don’t know what to do with him, given that he was thought so very valuable by the standards of his day– standards that have changed dramatically since then.
Bradley Woodrum of FanGraphs looks at the various projections for Yu Darvish, and… um… look away, if you put any stock into such things. They’re good.
Lastly, the Globe and Mail wonders how the sports world might be different if Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had signed with the team that drafted him in 1995: the Montreal Expos.