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!!!
Yeah, that’s right, a Sunday night post. I just, y’know, figure that, after last week, I might as well get the ol’ content ball rolling, know what I mean?
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail talks to Alex Anthopoulos about the possibility of signing young players with years of team control left to multi-year deals, and finds that the GM just isn’t into it like he was back when, as JP Ricciardi’s assistant, he was involved on deals like the Eric Hinske extension. In other words, don’t hold your breath for a Longoria deal, Brett Lawrie. Unless you go putting up MVP numbers. Main takeaway: they’re not afraid of not having the money to keep their best homegrown players as they get near to free agency and ridiculously expensive. Works for me.
At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm posts transcripts of Q&As with both Aaron Loup, regarding his promotion and repe-twah, and Alex Anthopoulos, regarding Edwin Encarnacion’s extension, the draft and the pitching situation– the latter of which is quite interesting.
And in a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor tells us a couple things that you probably already know: that Travis d’Arnaud’s knee injury is going to keep him out of the rest of the PCL season, but that he’ll make up for some of the lost at-bats by playing in the Arizona Fall League, and Jesse Chavez was demoted after a rough go on Saturday (Chad Beck is back up).
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star looks at the Jays rash of pitching injuries and speaks to an expert who suggests that there may not be a systematic problem that needs to be dealt with– which is very possibly true, though it’s certainly in the club’s interest to make damn sure there isn’t.
Brendan also reports from Lansing, where it turns out George Bell is helping hitters on the Lugnuts, and where he examines the long road still ahead for the affiliate’s three big pitching prospects. In an additonal piece, he gives us lots of background on Sanchez, Syndergaard and Nicolino.
And there’s still more! Kennedy also talks about the innings limits placed on the Big Three of Lansing, and some of the data that helped shape the club’s cautious treatment of them.
They also tell is, by way of Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, that the Jays may be one of the teams who could have interest in the Mariners’ Jason Vargas. Such a statement may simply be spitballin’. And it’d be pretty decent spitballin’, too, if Vargas had splits on the road the last two years anywhere close to the level of how he’s pitched at Safeco.
At ESPN.com (Insider Only), Dan Syzmborski’s playoff projections still have the Jays on the outside looking in– but close. And ahead of the Orioles (finally).
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun reports that his colleague, Bob Elliott, threw out the first pitch before Sunday’s game, and was honoured with a video tribute, as we get closer to Hall of Fame weekend, where as the Spink Award winner, Elliott will be honoured, along with players Barry Larkin, Ron “Santos” and… wait, what? Tim McCarver.
Elsewhere at the Sun, Rutsey talks to Brett Lawrie, who is enjoying being the club’s leadoff man. He also has something about Brandon Morrow’s recovery continuing, finally, which I can’t recall if I’ve mentioned elsewhere.
John Allemang (Sammy’s dad?) of the Globe and Mail looks at the things of caligraphic beauty that are Don Wakamatsu’s lineup cards.
At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy spills his guts on the significance of the Santos news.
Mat Germain of Jays Journal praises the rousing success that was the Jays’ 2012 draft.
Lastly, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet writes, ”I believe the Blue Jays when they say Santos wasn’t damaged goods when he came over, the biggest reason being that the White Sox signed Santos to a three-year contract extension worth almost $10 million at the end of last season,” absolutely smashing the nail straight into the face of the conspiracy theory brigade. Kenny Williams, we’re to believe, is one part diabolical master GM, and another part bumbling idiot who signed a hurt pitcher to a $10-million deal. I mean, come on. That kind of nonsense thinking may somehow not cause cognitive dissonance when we’re talking about political leaders, but this is sports. Our media take obligation to make sense of things a little more seriously than that.