Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
“Every dialogue I’m trying to have now, it’s all about trying to improve the 2012 product, that isn’t going to change,” says Alex Anthopoulos, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. “I’m active in having talks, that doesn’t mean anything is going to get done, but definitely all the trade dialogue I’m handling right now is all about making the 2012 team better.” Great! Thing is… of course he’s going to say that.
Jose Bautista must like what he hears, as he told Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that he wants to see the Jays improve right now– reading the blog (or the mind) of Jon Hale of the Mockingbird. Meanwhile, House of the Bluebird nods in approval.
Hey, if the Jays want a reliever who strikes about half as many guys out now as he used to, despite not losing anything on his fastball, Brian Fuentes was just D’d FA by the A’s, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman. Why the hell not, at this point, amiright?
The Jays may have a spot for Fuentes– or Jamie Moyer– as according to a tweet from Blue Jays Moves, they’ve outrighted Alan Farina to Dunedin and off the 40-man roster. Farina was optioned there a couple weeks ago, as he was removed from the 60-day DL when Kyle Drabek was placed on it, but at the time he retained his 40-man spot. No more, it seems.
The spot won’t be going to the newly-signed Marcus Stroman, who has been assigned to the Vancouver Canadians according to… um… himself, where he is absolutely going to destroy everything in his path.
At Baseball America, Jim Callis puts Stroman’s big league ETA at September– if the Jays rush him. He also tweets that, while Stroman should be the first 2012 draftee to reach the Majors, “that doesn’t mean immediately.” He “hasn’t pitched since May 17,” we’re informed.
At Getting Blanked, the Common Man looks into what’s ailing Ricky Romero, noticing that he’s scrapped his slider, and isn’t getting the same depth on his changeup or curve, and less horizontal movement on his sinker. Is this a sign that he’s hurt? Who knows?
Jose Bautista talks to ESPN.com about his shoot for the upcoming “Body Issue” of ESPN The Magazine… y’know… if you’re into that sort of thing.
Bluebird Banter takes a mid-season look at their pre-season number six through ten prospects, including Drew Hutchison, Dan Norris, and Deck McGuire.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Chris Toman looks at the success of Colby Rasmus this season, the possibility that Travis Snider may soon get the call back to the Majors, and… I don’t know… a couple other things, probably.
In his latest Bullpen piece for the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin argues that the Jays ought to hang on to Edwin Encarnacion, see what happens in the next 81 games, then try to re-sign him, rather than opting to trade him right now. He’s not wrong– nor is he wrong when he shits on Sportsnet for not airing the MLB All-Star selection show on Sunday, either on the main channel or Sportsnet One. The goons at Rogers opted to air some hockey bullshit and rowing instead.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun puts together his roster for Team Canada, and… yikes. Jason Bay, Tyler Green, Adam Loewen and Pete Orr get starting nods on his theoretical club.
Over the weekend, Blue Jays Moves tweeted that Matt Smoral has been assigned to Lansing, and placed on the 7-day DL. Sure… why not?
Lastly, elsewhere at the Mockingbird, Jon Hale calls out the Jays for having the temerity to use Henderson Alvarez in the Majors, fighting tooth and nail to succeed, wasting a big chunk of his young career when he should be developing the breaking ball he sorely needs. He’s not anywhere close to wrong.