Keith Law chatted with readers today at ESPN.com, and since I’ve hardly posted anything today (having the excellent excuse of doing a run-through for the Getting Blanked video show we’ll be embarking on daily at the start of the season), let’s take a look at the Jays-related tidbits– of which there ended up being several:

Ian (Toronto)
Hey Keith. The Jays missed out on signing Tyler Beede, much to the disappointment of fans. Now that time has passed and we have more data on Beede, do you think this is a miss the Jays will come to regret?
Klaw
No. And they didn’t miss out. The two sides couldn’t agree on how healthy he was, so the discussion fell apart. He has not looked good so far this year, according to a half-dozen scouts I’ve talked to who’ve seen him.

Ron (Toronto)
It seems like for the next two years, there will be an endless Joey Votto-Blue Jays discussion in Toronto. Given the Jays likely timeline and team needs, is Votto the player you would suggest they go “all-in” on, whether it’s in free agency, a trade, or a trade and extension?
Klaw
Great player, but I don’t get the whole “sign every Canadian you can” concept. How about just signing the best players?

Jon Cook (“Work”)
Do you think at any point in your lifetime you will share with your readers what it was like to work with JP Ricciardi. In addition to that do you think you’d ever provide the details on what really happened between JP and Orlando Hudson. O Dog didn’t have nice things to say after, but didn’t elaborate.
Klaw
Nothing happened. Hudson was 0-for-the-spring, wasn’t playing well at second base, and needed to go to the minors, so we optioned him. Complete non-story blown up by the media.

Jonathan (Tampa, FL)
How high do you see Virant going in this draft? Seems like the kind of projection guy the Blue Jays would pounce on at #22, no?
Klaw
First round. Do they really have a track record of taking projection guys? They took Beede, the opposite of a projection guy, last year.

Daniel (Charlotte)
What is the single greatest 1 game performance you have scouted?
Klaw
Can I count two from Toronto? Delgado’s four-homer game, or Halladay’s 99-pitch 10-inning CG against that awful Tigers team in 2003. Took a no-hitter into the 8th when Kevin Witt broke it up. I don’t buy into the whole “inevitability” thing, but those were two instances were I felt from early in the game that I was watching something different.

Comments (17)

  1. Just Pimpin’ Ricciardi.

    I remember that Halladay game, and hoping that the game would be extended so he could pitch the 11th.

  2. halladay . . . that memory made me feel bad – for him – and the fact he won’t win a ring until he comes back to Toronto for the ’13 and ’14 seasons . . .

  3. When is Delgado gonna join the level of excellence?

    Put him up there already!

  4. Yes to Henke and Delgado – two easy ways to put some extra butts in the seats, and it’d also give Pat and Buck something to talk about.

    I also love the idea of having Doc back when we’re in the hunt.

  5. Beede’s not a particularly attractive individual, is he?

  6. Geez… An awful lot of questions not being answered from KLaw there.

    He didn’t really address thevery legitimate Votto question (which might have been unintentional) considering the ever-growing chasm that is the 1b position and he didn’t answer the question about writing about how it would be like to work with JP.

    Both would be interesting answers I presume.

    • but the answer to the Votto question is that there is no answer. Obviously Joey Votto is a tremendous first baseman and obviously the Jays need to do their due diligence and try to decide whether or not he’s worth whatever the going rate is… in 2 years. Speculating at this point makes no sense.. who knows what’s going to happen in two years. Who knows how Votto is going perform? Who knows where the Jays are going to be? Until things play out, speculating about whether or not a guy who isn’t a free agent for another two full seasons makes no sense, especially given that the main motivation for the conversation is that he is Canadian.

      As for working with JP… he is probably proscribing to the addage ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’… If he feels good about his time, the story is boring… if he feels any animosity about it, it makes him look like he’s got sour grapes… it really doesn’t benefit him in any way to slag on an old boss when he can just rip apart the new moves he’s making over in NYC these days haha

    • I agree. He also ducked the Votto question. I get that seeking out Canadians to play on Canada’s team just for the sake of their citizenship is stupid.

      But isn’t Votto one of these “best players” he’s talking about? And if so, what the guy was asking is, is he worth trading to farm or breaking the five year contract limit for?

  7. With respect to Law’s answer on Hudson, I love how spring training numbers don’t mean crap until they do. Law Tweets constantly how worthless spring numbers are for anything.

    On Beede, time to forget that kid forever, he was selected, the parties couldn’t agree, who cares? Good luck to him, but I will never wonder what he’s doing.

  8. “likely timeline and team needs” haha ron does a great way of masking “we want to win and Adam Lind just isn’t very good”

  9. Gotta agree with the comment on votto. If the Jays have a need and want to piss money out they should do it on the best-youngest talent available at the time.

  10. Beyond the win itself, there was good news on several other fronts for the Commodores on Saturday. Freshman pitcher Tyler Beede bumped his velocity up to 94 mph on a consistent basis after throwing in the 89-90 mph range in recent starts. Beede, a first-round pick in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, struck out a career-high eight while walking one over five innings of one-run ball.

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