Yes, the Gavin Floyd bullshit appears to still be in full swirl, but fortunately for us there is a voice of reason cutting through from out there in the wilderness. And that voice belongs to… CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman?
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 13, 2012
Well, it certainly sounds right. But meanwhile, Heyman’s colleague, Kenny Ken Ken Rosenthal over at Fox Sports isn’t so quick to throw cold water on this. He suggests that the Jays “continue to look for rotation help,” as are the Royals, Tigers and “others.” He notes that there are a number of starters potentially available out there, including Floyd, Joe Blanton, the Nationals’ Jon Lannan, as well as the Rays’ and Rangers’ surplus. More interestingly, he talks about big decisions that lie in the Jays future, such as the possibility of moving Yunel Escobar and JP Arencibia as Adeiny Hechavarria– who he says is “enjoying a big spring,” which… yes, if you count having an OPS below Brian Bocock as “big,” he sure is*– and Travis d’Arnaud– who he figures is only a half season away. Not a bad problem to have, though… I don’t think the Jays quite have it yet. And I especially don’t think that Arizona’s Gerardo Parra, defensively awesome as he is, is quite the kind of return the Jays might want on Arencibia, which is what Rosenthal suggests the catching-desperate D’Backs might want, seeing as Miguel Montero appears to be steaming towards free agency. It’ll be an interesting situation for the Jays… eventually.
Oh, but Rosenthal’s not done yet:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 13, 2012
Okaaaaay. Fair enough. But if we weren’t slowly entering the we’ve-run-out-of-things-to-talk-about, dead-horse-beating, non-story overkill portion of the spring, would this really be anything? I tend to think not. Things are gonna get awful routine for the next three weeks, I’d wager– like they always do– so this kind of stuff, with its tiny semblance of newsworthiness, is only going to get more and more airtime. Spring Training, everybody!
* I know, I know, spring stats are useless, it’s just… Bocock. Y’know?