Toronto Blue Jays fans are sensitive when it comes to Dustin McGowan, and it’s understandable why. He’s held his course down a very tough road, and for the most part it’s been behind the scenes. In fact, over the last four seasons, McGowan has made a grand total of four appearances in front of the hometown crowd. This, after winning us over with glimpses of brilliance in his previous two seasons as a starter.

Viewing his appearances objectively or questioning the contract extension that was handed to him have become akin to kicking the crutch out from under Tiny Tim.

In no way is criticism directed at Dustin McGowan the pitcher meant as a slight against him as a human being. I understand that as fans we haven’t been given much in the way of chances to show our appreciation for his efforts, at least not in the same fashion as we are for the rest of the roster, but believe me, even prior to the contract extension, the Blue Jays have done right by McGowan, signing him in each of his arbitration years and picking up the bill on his rehab, when non-tendering him while he dealt with his myriad of injuries would have been perfectly acceptable.

Let’s recap:

It all started in 2004, when the top prospect in the Jays organization suffered his first serious injury.  Pitching for Double A New Hampshire at the time, McGowan blew out his elbow, requiring Tommy John to replace his UCL after only his sixth start of the season.  Then, while rehabbing, the right hander was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Undeterred, he pushed on with his recovery and then spent parts of 2005 and 2006 in Toronto where he ultimately failed to impress.  He started 2007 at Triple A Syracuse, but was called up in early May when members of the Blue Jays rotation began suffering from arm shittiness. We remember you, Tomo Ohka.

He grabbed hold of the opportunity and won a regular place in the rotation.  However, McGowan suffered from shoulder pain throughout the next season and spent some time on the Disabled List until it was decided in July that he would undergo season-ending surgery to repair a frayed labrum in his shoulder.

Unfortunately, his recovery from the surgery was slower than expected and McGowan didn’t begin throwing a baseball again until May of 2009. Then, in early July, it was discovered that McGowan would require knee surgery to repair articular cartilage damage. A month and a half later, McGowan resumed his rehab in hopes of being available for 2010.

After making an appearance in a Minor League Spring Training game in which he was a shell of his former self, McGowan gave up on trying to make the Opening Day roster.  Instead, he continued his rehab in Florida while the rest of the team headed North.  Then, in June, he once again experienced pain in his shoulder.  It was later discovered that he had torn his rotator cuff and would once again require season-ending surgery.

With the nerve of Sisyphus, McGowan again endured rehab, this time successfully returning in 2011, and pitching in Major League games to close out the year. He entered the 2012 Spring Training camp with a real chance of keeping his place in the starting rotation, but once again he suffered a new injury. Due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the pitcher had to be carted off the field in a Spring Training game.

While rehabbing the foot injury, McGowan began experiencing soreness in his shoulder which prompted a visit to Dr. James Andrews, who by this point is likely a close personal friend of the McGowan family. An MRI revealed inflammation and McGowan was prescribed more rest and less work meaning yet another shut down.

While no one would call McGowan’s refusal to give up anything less than admirable, I’ve joked before that perhaps he would have found better luck with his recovery if he didn’t spend so much time with his comic book collection and obsessing over Bruce Willis.

I bring all of this up as a means of suggesting that it was foolish to place any amount of faith in McGowan. Further, the dedication and concern with doing right by the unlucky pitcher could end up costing this team in more ways than misspending a few extra million dollars or having one less spot on the 40-man roster.

By relying on McGowan to make the team’s starting rotation out of Spring Training, the Blue Jays were forced into calling up Drew Hutchison early. Calling up a pitcher with little more than 30 innings above A Ball isn’t ideal, but in this case the more troubling scenario will play out if Hutchison maintains his place in the rotation.

If Hutchison isn’t sent back down to the Minor Leagues, he will be on the fast track to free agency.

Correction: Hutchison wasn’t on the 40-man roster before his call up which means that he’ll fall just under 172 days in the Majors in 2012, keeping him under team control through 2018. What we’re looking at is an extra year of arbitration eligibility through Super Two instead of earlier free agency.

If the Blue Jays had properly prepared for the possibility that McGowan wouldn’t be making the rotation out of Spring Training, an early call up and risking a possible Super Two situation wouldn’t be an issue. Of course, other factors contributed to this, including the continuing decline of Brett Cecil and the questionable call up/send down strategies exercised for both Joel Carreno and Aaron Laffey, but the McGowan one sticks out as the sore thumb given the strange amount of faith, as evidenced by the unnecessary two year contract extension, placed in his ability to pitch not only this coming year, but the next two seasons as well.

While the odds may be against Hutchison spending the rest of his career without a demotion, McGowan being shelved for an even longer period, gives the young pitch additional chances at making the unlikely happen. That’s something that McGowan wishes could happen for him, as well.

Comments (72)

  1. trying to correlate the 2 pitchers is ridiculous. there was that other pitcher they were considering calling up instead of hutch. it was their choice to start his clock. and I’m sure they could pass him through revocable waivers now that he’s injured again to gain that 40 man spot back.

  2. What I’d like to know is why hasn’t McGowan won the Hutch Award or the Conigliaro Award for perseverence and dedication? It’s about time. Regardless of the contract or any of that, look what the guy’s been through — and he’s never going to give up! You have to admire that. You’d think 3 years of rehab from various things and making it all the way back for a few September games would have been enough to get him one. Even if he doesn’t make it back to the big leagues this season, I think it’s about time us Jays fans started a campaign to get him one of these awards. The guy deserves some recognition for how he’s battled and battled when it seemed he had no hope left, and he deserves it outside of Toronto.

    • As stupid as it sounds, you actually have to succeed in coming back to the MLB for an extended period of time to win dedication award. If he comes back in July and pitches through September (unlikely), he’ll have a shot at it.

    • I go out drinking 4 days a week and tell people all about all the wonderful things I will do. I live with a hangover 4 days a week and nobody pays me a dime. Any awards for that?

  3. The Jays did have contingency plans in place for McGowan and you mentioned them, Laffey, Cecil, Carreno and the AA pitchers. Cecil pitched shitty and was sent down. If they had intended for Laffey to take that spot, they would have kept him up. As for Carreno, if they wanted him up, they just would have skipped his last AAA start. It seems that they wanted Hutchison to come up. They were impressed with him in spring training and he was the best of the AA crew to that point. None ot that was on McGowan.

    The Jays are in a “let’s see what we have” mode this year. This is the year you cycle in guys like Hutchison, McGuire, possibly Jenkins to see if they can contribute. Doubtful Hutch stays up all year and the next two years and causes the Jays to lose a year of eligibility. And if he does, it means he’s contributing in a significant way to the major league club.

    As for the McGowan extension, there is something known as goodwill for a corporation. Extending a loyal soldier like McGowan shows players inside and outside the organization that the Jays are a good club to play for. This factors in when it’s time to sign free agents, contract extensions, and draft picks.

    • Another potential option we seem to forget about is Litsch.

      • LITSCH… EXACTLY!!!!
        Can someone, anyone, pleeeeease tell me why the Jays just ignore him? This dude has won 12 games for us, has a winner’s mentality, and is has proven he’s a quality 5-spot starter at worst. Seriously, I feel like I must be missing something… not only do we not consider him for the starting spot, but he doesn’t even pitch in relief situations.

        Please someone tell me what the deal is with him. Can anyone explain what his role is on the roster, and why we mysteriously refuse to make use of his obviously adequate skills??????

    • Very good post. At the very least keeping Dustin is a good PR move for the organization. The cost of MLB pitching has risen so if Dusty gets a few starts between now and 2014 he will achieved his goals & helped the team.

      I would hope that the Jays aren’t so cheap that they are playing around with Hutch’s service time to get him under control for 1 more year.

      This is the year to try homegrown talent rather than wasting 20 starts on jo jo Reyes type players

    • How’s that working out so far?

  4. great post Parkes. spot on with your critique of the handling of McGowan and the 5th rotation spot.

    that said, is losing Hutchison to free agency six years down the line that big a concern? he doesn’t seem to project to be more than a #3 starter and given young pitchers’ proclivity for injuries and struggle in the majors it’s no guarantee the Jays will get one good year out of Hutch, let alone the six leading to Free Agency. id think it much more likely that by that time Hutch is pushed out of the rotation by Sanchez, Syndergaard and/or the yet undiscovered pitching Messiah who will deliver the Blue Jays to the promised land of a 3rd World Series title.

    • EXACTLY. Next thing we’re gonna hear about starting David Cooper’s clock.

      If someone wants to make a case about starting a potential all star’s clock, be my guest. A mid-rotation starter at best…pass.

  5. All of this was worth the risk of not having another Chris Carpenter situation. I’m glad the Jays took the risk, and I hope they’ll do it again.

    • Bullshit, he was already under contract for 2012.

      AA should have, as DJF keeps saying, kept him for 2012 in order to see if he could even pitch this season. If he had pitched well the Jays could have signed him to a slightly more expensive contract extension or, if he didn’t pitch well, signed him to a cheaper one and still avoided a “Chris Carpenter situation”. There is no risk in this approach that isn’t exceed by the one the Jays took by extending him during the spring.

  6. Hutchison was not on the 40-man roster prior to April 20th. He is not in the Harper/Hultzen/Bauer category, he is in the Shelby Miller/Brett Jackson category

    Therefore, does the following from the MLBTR article not apply?:

    “For the past few days it’s been safe for teams to call up prospects not currently on the 40-man roster. Players such as Brett Jackson and Shelby Miller didn’t have to spend 20 days on an optional assignment, they just had to spend enough time in the minor leagues to ensure that they’ll fall short of 172 days in the Majors in 2012. ”

    Pretty sure this is why they waited until the 20th, the day before his start, to officially put Hutchison on the 40-man.

    • Further to this, the April 20th call-up with him on the 25-man the rest of the year puts him at 167 days on the season and they don’t lose him in 2018.

      • Just like our two esteemed bloggers waiting for the imminent recall of Travis for the last two weeks when waiting for tuesday May 1 gives us another year of control over Snider. Do these two idiots really think they can outsmart Alex!!!

        • Who would have thought the nuances of service time wouldn’t slip by a front office generally regarded as wholly competent.

          Especially when the assistant GM, Jay Sartori used to work for the league office on contract/marketplace issues and helped draft the parts of the CBA that deal with this very issue.

    • You are correct! When the fans know much more than the blogger, it is time form him to retire or commit hari kari as the only honourable way out.

      Bogart

    • I love Hutchinson and think he’ll be a solid #3 eventually, but he has nowhere near the upside of Shelby Miller.

  7. McGowan can be placed on the 60-day DL which would free up a roster spot on the 40-man roster.

    Its still early to count on Hutchison gaining super-two status or to see his service time clock become an issue.

  8. Meh…we picked up $6 million of Roy Halladay’s salary the year he threw the perfect game and the playoff no-hitter. I can’t see this costing us (at its worst) any more than 3-4 million.

    The only way this really hurts us is if he is lights out for the next 2-3 years (god willing). By the time he hits free agency, I agree, I think he’ll be a Lannan-esque kind of guy on the outside watching Nicolino/Sanchez/Syndergaard take over.

  9. I think AA would argue that having a player like Hutchison start his service time this early “is a good problem to have.” Whether they’re forced to pay him a year earlier or not is probably irrelevant to them given: 1. They foresee many other high-calibre pitching prospects coming through the system; 2. and as such, maybe they view him internally as a player who might not be the best long-term option (“trade bait”); and 3. If they do keep him around they believe their payroll will be able to handle his contract demands.

    I’m also sure they were aware of the significance of April 24th, and their actions seem to suggest that they weren’t concerned about it, otherwise why not wait a week and simply use Carreno again?

    It seems everyone assumes that the Jays brought up Hutchison because he was the best option in a system that lacked options (Carreno and Laffey aside). As if they were forced into bringing a guy up before they wanted to. The idea that the Jays felt he *was* ready to come up seems to be ignored. This team has a pretty good record of bringing players up when they feel they’re ready (just look at the patience they had with regards to Lawrie). I don’t know why we would suddenly assume they have no clue how to develop a player properly.

    I’d also suggest that this whole “he’s only thrown 30 innings beyond A-ball” thing is a uselsss critique without any sort of analysis of what happens to a pitcher when you bring him up with such little AA/AAA experience. I mean, Lincecum skipped AA and only had 31 innings of AAA before moving up (and had only 62 inning of MILB total). Not to say Hutchison is another Lincecum because Lincecum’s minor league numbers were pretty insane, but i’m sure there are other examples of successful pitchers throwing so few innings of MILB.

    • not a great comparison. Lincecum played 3 years of collegiate ball. Henderson Alvarez is probably a better comp.

      • ya I realize that he wasn’t a great comparison (just putting the two players in the same sentence suggests they aren’t a good comparison), but it was the first example I could think of off the top of my head of someone who played so little MILB.

        Like I said, I’d love to see other examples, but a quick google search didn’t bring up any sort of analysis that I was looking for.

  10. For what it’s worth Olney’s got a post up on ESPN about an “AL Executive” gushing over Luis Perez: “He could be a starting pitcher, but to me, he’s as good a left-handed reliever as there is in the American League right now.” (probably Dan Duquette or Dayton Moore so I suppose we should take it with a grain of salt)

    • Why take it with a grain of salt? Haven’t you seen him throwing? His fastball is sitting 94-96, his change is much improved. His breaking ball is decent. Not many lefty relievers have that arsenal period….fewer still make peanuts dollar wise by MLB standards.

  11. Blimey, intelligent comments with good points made on both sides of the argument. This is awesome.

  12. Ha…Tomo Ohka. I forgot about him…probably on purpose.

  13. yes, mcgowan’s injury opened the door for a hutchison call up and the possible calamity of a year of lost service time, but its not like he was the only call-up candidate. the jays made a conscious decision to ignore the service time and experience issues, so obviously they felt strongly that he was ready for the show.

    besides, hutchison apparently profiles as a mid-back rotation starter and looks a bit, at least to my untrained eye, like jeremy hellickson. which is fine, but odds are low hutchison makes it all the way to being an extension candidate in 6 years or whatever it is.

    i understand the foolhardiness of the mcgowan extension, and it has obviously bit them in the ass already, but the trusting-mcgowan-is-going-to-cost-them-millions-on-hutchison angle is really reaching imo. i mean if hutchison were stasburg or something then that extra FA year would probably be really valuable, but as it is there isn’t even a great chance that he lasts in the league/with the jays that long.

  14. I have to admit, I find this article a little silly.. i mean, your points just dont really hold up. the bottom line is none of these decisions will hurt the jays at all, its not even close – theres a solution to everything you’ve brought up. we’re not the oakland A’s, we dont have to worry about a player’s free agency years starting 1 yr too soon on a guy who should be a mid-rotation starter.

  15. I refuse to believe that the McGowan contract was negotiated on the Blue Jays end with any other context in mind that loyalty and as they have said multiple times now, making Toronto appear to be a place where players want to come play. Dustin was the perfect situation of a player brought up by the club with much hype, struggled, succeeded, and then got injured. And the Jays are rewarding him and promoting the team at the same time. If it was done under any other context, than we would have signed Brandon Webb or Mark Prior instead.

    • could have done that by paying guys like fielder the market dollars. i’m sure players would be encouraged by these types of decisions rather than nickle and diming a payroll for players that don’t play. can’t see anyone wanting to come here on that basis.

  16. Parkes, while the service time argument is valid, there’s another side of the equation that can be brought up.

    What if the Jays trade Hutchison? I mean, yes, the rotation is in shambles, but it’s learning. In two years many more pitchers will have risen to AA–maybe even AAA if the 51′s relocate–and could make him expendable. I’m not sure what holes the Jays could have in two years, but seeing as pitching is always in demand, they could easily fill one or two of them if Hutchison tosses some good peripherals.

  17. I’m a bit puzzled why they have used both Carreno AND Hutchison as 5th starters in April. Wouldn’t have been more economical and straightforward to just have used one of them?

    • Because Carreno wasn’t/isn’t seen as anything more than a spot starter. The Jays couldn’t put Hutchison before the 40-man roster for the Cleveland start without sacrificing a year of team control. Despite what Parkes says, April 24th is not the operative date, the operative date was a week or so before that where they could safely put Hutchison on the 40-man roster and not lose a year of team control.

      If April 24th was the date that mattered. Chavez, Carreno, Villanueva or some other shitballer would’ve made a spot start against KC before ceding their spot to Hutchison.

    • In a video game, sure. But in the real world, before even considering the roster implications of a move, AA, Farrell & Co. need to maintain their organizational structure. Basically, you cannot plan that stuff ahead of time because it is of absolute necessity to be reactive to the players’ behaviours.

      You issue instructions to them, you get feedback from the coaches & scouts, you reward and don’t accordingly. That stuff, which even the BA’s of this world will never make fully accessible to the common fan, is what determines who pitches when on a given day or week. Lower frequency considerations (stuff that happens over multiple seasons) necessarily takes a back seat to the day-to-day basics in the short run. This behaviour is not particular to baseball teams, it is common to performance-driven businesses where past performance is not a guaranteed proxy for future performance.

  18. Has anyone else been tremendously unimpressed with Hutchison so far, or is it just me?

    He throws his fastball 80% of the time, and while he has pretty good command (that will surely get better over time), it’s just not that impressive of a pitch. Not that fast, not too much movement, and there have been some meatballs over the middle of the plate.

    His offspeed stuff doesn’t seem too impressive either.

    What am I missing with this guy?

    • What are you missing? His age … He’s 21 years old and has only played 1.5 years of professional baseball. He is nowhere near a finished product. The fact that he has not looked completely out of place other than one terrible inning is amazing.

      • Consider Roy Halladay’s first stint with the big club… he looked less than awesome didn’t he?

        I am not expecting Hutchison to be the next doc, I am just pointing out that variability interacts with age (younger = less consistent) so you need to trust the scouts who see him outside of the adapting-to-MLB starts to have a real idea of his potential.

        Like all younger players, we delude ourselves when we think we can do anything other than put our faith in front offices with their richer inputs. Sickels and Co. do not even begin to close that gap; we are just flapping our gums when we extrapolate prospect performance from publicly-available info.

  19. So in respect to McGowan’s contract the following occurred to me:

    1) He signed the contract when healthy, would the Blue Jays have some kind of insurance on his contract if he gets injured, therefore less risk for them ????

    2) I believe last year he talked about how he and his wife decided that this was going to be his last comeback attempt, if it didn’t go well he was going to move on to another career as it was very difficult on his family. Did they sign him to keep him financially happy to continue pursuing his career?

  20. Ya, complete bogus post on this on…if anything its only going to cost the Jays some money to resign him.. or by that time they may already have another better starter already brought up from their system. The worst case would be that Drew is another Roy Halladay and won’t stay in Toronto for any amount of money…so far the kid looks good enough to pitch 5th.

  21. These service time discussions usually do my head in. If the Jays were so miserly they cared about this stuff a lot we would have had Laffey up here. They made a conscious decision to bring up Hutch, after talking him up for the past few months. If he turns into a solid mid/top of the rotation pitches theres no reason why they couldn’t lock him into an extension.

    AA has made the decision to bring him up instead of saving the service time, presumably thinking starting his development vs major league batters is more valuable than potentially saving money 6 years from now, and I’m happy that’s the case.

  22. I think someone has been reading MLBTR a little too much. The only ones who care about perfectly timing a prospect’s super two eligibility are MLBTR, bloggers and the Rays. AA has stated he doesn’t concern himself over super two, and his past handling of prospects also backs that up. AA has so far signed home grown players to crafty contract extensions before super two is even close. All this obessessing about super two is just a waste of time.

  23. This blog sure loves to push their narratives … it’s just … well … this one is just a little too forced. I mean, we get it, you hate the McGowan signing, and because there was an outcry of support for the signing and bringing it up drives page hits, you must continue writing posts like these.

    This post is simply an extremely long way of saying that the Jays have backed themselves into a corner they cannot possibly get out of because they put too much faith in the health of McGowan. This is simply ridiculous. Look, if you don’t agree with the McGowan signing because you feel the risk to reward is not justified, then fine, write a post about that, provide a numerical justification (aren’t you supposed to be sabermetrically inclined?), and we can debate it. These rambling posts without any actual backing are just embarrassing.

    Your thesis to this article seems to be:

    - If McGowan gets injured or sucks, he will forever take up a spot on the 40-man roster (DFA?)
    - They had no contingency plan in case he couldn’t start with the team (Cecil, Laffey, Carreno, Hutchison, Jenkins, McGuire, Chavez, Perez, Litsch, and Villaneauva?)
    - That it is even within the realm of possibility that a pitcher with 243 professional innings pitched will never be sent down (the likelihood of this happening is probably on par with the likelihood McGowan wins a Cy Young award …)
    - That the Jays were “forced” to go with Hutch – this disregards all the back-up plans listed above.

  24. Dustin Parkes: By relying on McGowan, the Jays were forced to start Hutchison’s clock early.

    Casual Fan: So they shouldn’t have relied on McGowan?

    DP: Correct

    CF: Perhaps they should have traded for Gavin Floyd?

    DP: That’s even dumber. $7 million and assets lost…no thanks.

    CF: Then who?

    DP: They aren’t contending anyway. Jo Jo Reyes is fine.

    CF: If they aren’t contending, then what’s the problem with giving McGowan a shot?

    DP: He’s injury-prone.

    CF: But Jo Jo Reyes is sucks-at-baseball prone.

    DP: Geez, whoever. Anyone. One of the New Hampshire Kids.

    CF: Maybe Hutchison?

    DP: Fuck, we’ve been over this. Service time!

    And on and on.

  25. Who cares when Hutchison reaches elegibility? He’s a good pitcher, but doesn’t have the stuff to be elite. Best case scenario- 3 spot starter. Free agency elegibility is only a real concern for your top flight players.
    By 2018, highly unlikely there’s even a spot for Hutchison.

  26. And another thing. If the Jays wanted a more “reliable” starter, AA is paying either in

    A) Money
    B) Prospects
    C) Both A and B

    ALL of these would likely have been more expensive than Hutchison possibly reaching arbitration at an earlier date.

    Perhaps at one point ‘Fuck off Parkes’ was overused. But let’s not forget it came from somewhere. It has a history. It represents the collective outcry from the DJF community that the Great Andrew Stoeten has allowed an insecure know-it-all to ride his wave of popularity.

    Fuck off Parkes.

    • It was created for Parkes posts like these, I think, where he writes hundreds of words in order to outline how right he was about something. He would have done the same thing with Bautista, I’m sure, if that one didn’t blow up in his face.

      Hard to understand why anybody would be worrying about Hutchison’s service time, though. We’d be lucky if he was even good enough to ever make that an issue. In any case, his use right now has really nothing to do with McGowan (who I doubt the Jays relied on for much of anything) and everything to do with the fact that Cecil completely fell off a cliff and that the Jays didn’t add a reliable starting pitcher in the offseason.

  27. Jayson Stark on the Jays earlier:

    There’s been a buzz about this team since the Blue Jays pulled into exotic Dunedin, Fla. And despite their messy sweeperoo this week in Baltimore, this remains a very intriguing team whose arrow is definitely pointing up.

    “I like their club,” one exec said. “They’ve vastly improved that club. They’re going in the right direction. I’m not saying they’re going to win the division. But they’re making a lot of headway. And they’ve got a ton of good young players in the minor leagues.”

    The Blue Jays run so many young works-in-progress out there, they’re probably the toughest team on this list to evaluate. Their rotation features three pitchers younger than 25 (Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison) who have made a total of 37 big league starts. No one in their lineup is older than 31. And they’re hunting diligently for another masher and another top-of-the-rotation arm. So they could easily get better as the season rampages along.

    Their biggest current worry, however, is that their new closer, Sergio Santos, just headed for the disabled list (inflamed shoulder) — and his replacement, Francisco Cordero, “really isn’t a closer anymore,” one scout said.

    But in a division in which the Yankees and Red Sox both have issues, the Blue Jays are a team nobody should ignore. The verdict from one scout: “I think they’re for REAL. I might have gotten a little ahead of myself on how good their young players are. But I think they’ll be a fun team to watch. I don’t know if it’s all going to kick in the way I thought in spring training. But they should go by the Red Sox.”

  28. Did anyone notice that Snider got pulled during the 51′s game last night due to a presumed injury?

    • With the path his injury record is taking, it seems clear that the Blue Jays would be foolish to rely on Snider in any way for the future. I’ve been checking out the Score recently and I’m pretty sure that’s how this works…I mean, it’s not like proprietary info from the medical staff should be used…

    • The problem with Snider’s injury is that it’s a wrist injury. That’s pretty much equivalent to a shoulder issue with a pitcher.

  29. Excellent insight from commenters.

    Thanks guys,I keep saying part of the reason DJF exists is the comment section.

    Take a bow, and have one on me.

    A little more swearing would be nice but who am I to quibble.

    Had to go out earlier because coffee is on sale.How else can I hide the Bailey’s from the boss?

    Continue on,great read.

  30. Ridiculous headline, better treatment of McGowan…nothing to see here…

  31. Agreed, the commentators are pretty much bang-on.

  32. Your every thought and word on the McGowan contract becomes dumber than their predecessors.

  33. I’m wondering what the next move should be. Certainly, they’re not in a position to trade valuable young assets for one year of an aging pitcher, so if they were to swing a deal, it would ideally be for someone under contract for 2+ years. I could understand them going after a Joe Blanton however, if it meant giving up very little, just to stabilize the back-end of the rotation and keep guys like Hutch and Carreno in the minors to further their development.

    Now, you could also call up a guy like a Aaron Laffey, who has MLB experience, just to plug the hole.

    There is another option – go after Roy Oswalt. I know he already said he wasn’t interested in the Jays, but that was during the off-season. Not ideal certainly, but I throw this option out there to outline that there are options out there for the team.

    • Not sure we have to worry about anything regarding the pitching for now. Alvarez, Drabek and Hucthison have been better than expected for the most part. If all three of them finish the season with ERA’s around 4.00 then that’s a great step forward for guys under 25.

      If Jenkins can continue to right the ship in AA or McGuire who seems to have gone off the rails then there’s two decent candidates for starts later in the year.

      As for trades or other moves I can’t see AA doing anything for another month or so until he’s got a good understanding of what he has this year.

  34. one question. if you and everyone else is in belief that the Jays and Rogers have the monety to make this gamble on McGowan. WHY is such a big deal to you? Love this site but the constant talk about this “gamble” is annoying. Keep it moving already. The one good silver lining is that the Jays showed all their players they will stick by you if you put in the work and if they believe in you. That good vibe may have cost them some money…..but again…u also believe we have it. So simma down.

  35. A swing and a miss……

    Anyone else out there sick of references to “Sisyphus” and “ad hominem,” and don’t even get me started on “this.”

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