There wasn’t a whole lot of Jays content in Thursday’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com, but fortunately there are a few more tasty nugs [note: sorry] from his Twitter and his piece on the Futures Game rosters (Insider Only) that I think I can cobble together a whole post out of it. So… um… I s’pose that’s what we should do…
From the Chat
Is any of the available pitching on the trade market worth me giving up any of my big 4 pitching prospects (Sanchez, Syndergard, Nicolino, Norris)?
Why would you do that?
Can you please try and explain to me why the Blue Jays do not trade for a starter that can get them through the season rather than filling from within with prospects going up and down their system? Or even sign a free agent, such as Livian Hernandez? This is driving all Jays fans nuts!!!
If you think that’s a good idea, you were already nuts.
Colby Rasmus: hot streak from a streaky player, or the emergence of the wonderful butterfly from the cocoon?
Well, his bat *was* hidden for more than two weeks…
Later on Thursday Rasmus came up again, this time in response to a Jays fan on Twitter who is eager to put Anthony Gose in left field come Opening Day 2013.
Law, of course, uses “begging the question” in the proper, Aristotelian way. My high school philosophy teacher– whose last name escapes me because he wanted us to just call him “Bill” (single tear for PCVS)– would be so proud. And, indeed, it’s hardly self-evident that Gose is going to force the Jays to do something with either him or Rasmus next year.
He adds this about evaluating the Jays who, like Gose, find themselves in Las Vegas…
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 21, 2012
From the Futures Game Column
Speaking of Anthony Gose, though he’ll be in Kansas City for the game, KLaw gives no mention of the Vegas centre fielder, omitting him from his list of five players most likely to do something awesome– thank you very much, Billy Hamilton. Gose’s teammate, Travis d’Arnaud, does rank among the likeliest of the attendees to reach the big leagues very soon, however.
“He’s destroying the Pacific Coast League, but the Jays’ Triple-A affiliate plays on the moon, so take any of their hitters’ stats with a pound of salt,” Law writes. “But d’Arnaud has a great swing and offers plus defense behind the plate, while the Jays are getting no value at all from J.P. Arencibia.”