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!!!
The second half is already underway at Wrigley, and the Jays return to action tonight, so things are about to start getting back to normal around here. Some links to tide you over…
At Grantland, Jonah Keri uses Edwin Encarnacion’s deal to examine the anatomy of contract value. Meow!
Jayson Stark of ESPN tweets that the Jays were gauging trade interest in the artist formerly known as E5 (and who I’ll still refer to as such, because… who seriously possibly cares?) as late as last week.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun passes along a few notes: that Brett Lawrie sat with back tightness at the end of the White Sox series for mostly precautionary reasons, and he’s good to go; that Aaron Loup, in case you didn’t know, has been called up to replace the injured Luis Perez; and in awesome news, both Brandon Morrow and Sergio Santos will throw off of mounds this weekend, as they continue their various rehabbings.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail provides five storylines to watch in the second half of the Jays season, in which he continues his curious bashing of Yunel Escobar, and would apparently like us all to know that he only actually watched Kelly Johnson in the month of June.
Anthony Gose and Travis d’Arnaud both show up in FanGraphs‘ review of their preseason prospects ranked between 50 and 26. Value is static for both of them.
Sicking with FanGraphs, Jack Moore examines Edwin Encarnacion’s revamped swing, in light of his fancy new contract extension. (E5′s, that is, not Moore’s.)
John Lott of the National Post muses on the possibility of the Jays moving their Triple-A club into Buffalo this winter (Yes, please!), and he tells us how some Jays players spent the All-Star break, clearing their heads in preparation for the second half.
MiLB.com tells us of how Asher Wojciechowski is kinda finally killing it at High-A Dunedin in his second go-round in the Florida State League.
Jim Callis of Baseball America tweets that the Jays went way over slot to sign 15th round pick Ryan Borucki, whose bonus comes in at a cool $426K.
Dirk Hayhurst likes that the Jays have shown that they’re definitely not rebuilding, even though he’d have been “the first to tell you if all this talk about the organization’s prospects and upside was a bunch of BS.” At that point I stopped reading.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com says that the Jays are likely to be buyers this month– y’know, just in case the Encarnacion deal didn’t make perfectly clear that there would be no full-on sell mode here.
Mop Up Duty passes over WAR-based analysis and looks at Edwin Encarnacion’s plate discipline, coverage, and power in praising his deal for the Jays.
Lastly, it’s part two of the super fantastic best GIFs of the first half, by way of Getting Blanked.