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…

At Getting Blanked Parkes writes about how the Reds extension of Sean Marshall impacts their ability to keep Joey Votto, and looks at the kind of package a club (specifically the Jays) potentially trading for him this summer, should the Reds fall out of contention, would have to give up. (Think Teixeira.)

Elsewhere Getting Blanked, Drew tries to build a better power righty– Henderson Pineda– by contrasting the Jays and Yankees young flamethrowers, and Parkes notices a position change at Jays camp.

House of the Bluebird makes a plea for the Jays to give more of a shot to Kyle Drabek.

Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star recounts Carlos Villanueva’s recent “cold hand” medical scare. Crazy stuff– but the right-hander is feeling better now, if not quite 100% yet. He also tells us about potential LOOGY Evan Crawford, and Rajai Davis, who’ll be a key off the Jays bench this year, as John Farrell has noticed that in 2011 he “was very good against lefthanded pitching and he was a disruptive force late in the game.”

Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail checks in on Rajai Davis as well, while John Lott of the National Post also talks Villanueva.

Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com brings us a notebook post on Villanueva, the team’s first intrasquad game, and their focus on defense in camp.

Chisholm also checks in with Travis Snider, who reworked his swing to lower his hands last year, and will be competing with Eric Thames for the starting spot in left field– with John Farrell closely watching “the consistency, the production, the swing and how he maintains that swing.” On his struggles last year Snider says, “it really took a whole summer in Vegas to get the repetitions needed to find the level of comfort to go into the cage every day, as well as practice and carry it over into games. … It was a good platform for us to build off of going into the offseason and really understanding where I needed to be in my offseason training — in the cages as well as coming down here knowing what I needed to accomplish each day.”

MLB.com tells us of Robbie Alomar’s plan to have the Jays host baseball camps in Puerto Rico– and that the Hall of Famer will be coming to 14 Canadian cities this year as an instructor for kids attending the Blue Jays Honda Super Camps.

At the Toronto Sun they also checks the progress of Villanueva, get thoroughly impressed by Sergio Santos, and tell us that this is Brandon Morrow’s “statement year.”

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet looks at the niceties between pitchers and catchers in the bullpen, which isn’t nearly as dirty as maybe it sounds.

MLB Trade Rumors lists all the $100-million contracts in baseball history by the age of the player when they signed. Lock ‘em up early, for fuck sakes!

Lastly, Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider Olney) ranks American League clubs based on the strength of their early-season schedule, deciding that the Jays have the ninth-toughest go of it early on, and noting that they only play the Yankees twice in the entire first half, and have a September that’s stacked with games against AL East foes. He thinks it’s a bad thing, I’m thinking… fuck, maybe they can skirt along enough to be legitimate buyers at the trade deadline.

Comments (6)

  1. Interesting tweet this afternoon from Gregor Chisholm regarding Thames working with Bautista and Rasmus while Snider was off working with another group.

    While I am sure many will argue that Snider should be in left, it’s interesting to see how the Jays are treating Thames. I guess I have to give them props for that. Considering Snider has the higher ceiling they aren’t automatically discounting what Thames did last year. I know AA has said stuff along those lines before but it’s nice to see they are practicing what they preach.

  2. I’m totally okay with the Jays having an easier schedule in the first part of the season. Even the illusion of contention would be awesome at this point. It would make August and September fun. Not that I won’t enjoy watching Lawrie, Alverez, Drabek, Hutch, etc. get more reps in the majors…it just would be better with some contention!

  3. Ginger Boy has shoulder soreness and will be shut down for 7 days.  He’s scheduled to meet the infamous Dr. Andrews. 

  4.  Not sounding good but might be good for Drabek as far as being first in line for a call-up. Hope the chubby ginger gets good news.

  5. Santos link leads to the Villanueva story.

  6. So  Travis Snider has a new swing with lower hands which he worked on all last summer and off season?  We’ll all believe it when we see it but that would fill a huge hole in the batting lineup, not to mention give protection to the guy ahead of him. If the switch goes on in either he or Thames, that alone could produce a great change in the Jays’ fortunes.
    I hope at the very least, someone taught Snider to take a walk.    

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