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!!!
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at possible fits for Hanley Ramirez, and thinks Toronto is a perfect place for him to get his career back on track, thinks he should move to the outfield, and thinks a Gose-for-Ramirez deal would be great for both clubs, especially since Gose is “the kind of talent that they’d likely eat a substantial portion of Ramirez’s contract in order to acquire.” Hmmmmm.
In other pipe dream news, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic talks to D’Backs owner Ken Kendrick, who says he thinks the club is better off with their young star, and that the whole we-want-to-trade-him thing has been overblown.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports sure knows where his traffic bread is traffic buttered, tweeting that the Jays “remain in buy mode, believing they can finish second in AL East this year. And I agree with them.”
At ESPN.com (Insider Only), Keith Law looks at the prospects on contending teams (those with a greater than 25% chance to make the playoffs still) who have the most trade value as the deadline approaches. Getting an honourable mention, as part of the 11th-15th best options, is Aaron Sanchez.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun looks at how the introduction of a cutter to Aaron Laffey’s repe-twah this year may have turned his career around. Laffey, who has been surprisingly effective when pressed into a starting role, “now gets by throwing nothing but fastballs. He has a sinking two-seamer, a four-seamer and his cutter. His curve is pretty much gone and he’ll mix in the occasional changeup. That’s it.”
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks about the reality check that has been this season for would-be call-ups Chad Jenkins and Deck McGuire.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star looks at the spate of pitching injuries that have hit not just the Jays, but other teams throughout baseball, and asks Alex Anthopoulos what he’s going to do about them. “We’re definitely examining it,” the GM told him. “Deliveries, arm actions, workloads, ages, etc. No real theories, since the two years prior we had unbelievable health and haven’t changed anything that we’re doing. Overall we’ll keep looking at it and it won’t likely be until the off-season that we have anything more concrete.”
Griffin also writes a new Bullpen post for the Star, which means a lot of words about a lot of things.
Bluebird Banter makes up a thoroughly underwhelming trade proposal involving sending Yunel Escobar to the A’s.
Jays Journal takes a look at who’s hot among the Jays’ minor league affiliates this week.
“Turned on the TV and caught a glimpse of Mitt Romney on the news…at first glance I thought it was John Farrell!” tweets Eric Thames. *shudder*
Lastly, as my #PropHate punishment, I watched the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Colorado Rockies last night. On purpose. Catch my thoughts on the game over at Getting Blanked.