Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy ALTERNATE graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic) that I just couldn’t keep letting stay dormant. It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
Earlier today Parkes passed along the Ken Rosenthal report about the Jays being among the teams to have asked the Phillies about Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino, and even though the Jays ask on everybody and this really isn’t much of a story, that sure as fuck didn’t stop anybody from speculating wildly about what the Jays and Phillies might get up to– ourselves included, as you can hear on this week’s Getting Blanked Podcast. With that in mind, I guess we should also start wildly speculating about the other report from Fox, as Jon Morosi says the Jays have also checked the availability of Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos.
Matt Klassen of FanGraphs looks at the Bourjos rumours, and wonders if the Jays’ supposed involvement means they’re not thinking so highly of Colby Rasmus and Anthony Gose at the moment. While that doesn’t sound particularly outlandish, again, the Jays inquire on everybody.
The always awesome Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week kick off with the Minnesota Twins’ version of dropping an infield fly the Right Way. Gold!
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail likes the low-risk Guerrero signing as “an intriguing option as a final touch should other tinkering be done.” Money paragraph: “The Blue Jays had interest in Guerrero all winter, but were stymied by an apparent reluctance on the part of his agent, Fern Cuza, to consider a minor-league deal. Tired of biding his time, Guerrero switched agents, hooking up with Bean Stringfellow, who represents the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista and Francisco Cordero. There is a familiarity here; Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulous and assistant GM Tony LaCava both cut their teeth in the Expos organization and are familiar with Stringfellow.”
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet also talks Guerrero, getting Alex Anthopoulos to chime in on the signing. Money quote: ”There’s no timeline for a call-up, there are no out clauses, there are no guaranteed dollars, there’s no point even spending time on that because I don’t even know what we have. I have no idea how Vlad looks, I have no idea what kind of shape he’s in, other than from what I’ve heard, and we have a lot of time to do that. And things change so fast over the course of the year, players get hurt, players don’t perform, players get traded. All those things can happen,” he said. “For Vlad to get to extended spring training, and finally get into games, and hopefully get up to (double-A) New Hampshire or (triple-A) Las Vegas, that’s going to take some time, and that point, who knows where the club is at. There’s no downside but it does give us options if things come up.”
Derek Whetmore of BlueJays.com talks to Jose Bautista, who welcomes the addition of Vlad, should his bat round into shape to earn the call.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star looks at what the Jays options are when it comes to Adam Lind.
John Lott of the National Post looks at the possibility that people are actually starting to figure out the whole thing about the way they traditionally view the Clozer Role being total nonsense.
Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball lists the prospects from the Northeast/Canada region for the upcoming MLB Draft.
Lastly, Kevin Gray has a clip of Adam Lind post-game quotes from 2009 that he says crack him up at Gray Matter (I haven’t watched yet, I must admit).