The forecast calls for tough sledding out there for rumour-mongering pageview whores for the six weeks until the World Series ends, which maybe explains why Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is hunkering down early, and sprinkling some seed in front of his den, in hopes of catching some wayward fans, starved of pointless rumour content.
And who am I to not pass it along, right? Especially when some of what he suggesting echoes exactly what I was saying last month, when I looked at the AL trade market for pitchers, and which starters may be available in free agency.
In other words, it’s kinda bloody obvious…
“The Blue Jays had two scouts at the final two games of this week’s Tigers-Athletics series in Detroit,” Morosi writes. “Each game included a starting pitcher who could switch teams this offseason: Oakland’s Brett Anderson Wednesday (trade candidate) and Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez Thursday (free agent).”
Anderson isn’t without health issues– he just injured his oblique, and he spent much of this season recovering from Tommy John surgery– but the A’s have a wealth of young arms that could make Anderson a prime trade chip.
“The A’s and Blue Jays appear to match up well in trade talks, Morosi tells us, but I’m not sure he quite has the reasons right. “Toronto has a surplus of position player prospects,” he says, “particularly at catcher, and Oakland ranks near the bottom of the AL in runs scored.”
Well… OK, the Jays still have a decision to make on whether to keep JP Arencibia or Travis d’Arnaud, but the A’s acquired catcher Derek Norris in the Gio Gonzalez deal, and though he’s not hit particularly well this year, I’m not sure why that would be the area in which the A’s would look. Also, I think the ballpark they play in has at least something to do with the low run scoring totals they’ve put up this year– though that’s not to mistake the A’s for having a world-beating offence.
They certainly could use a shortstop, though. And they’ve basically written off any pretense of giving a shit about their fans as they wait out a hoped-for move to San Jose. I mean… shit, they gave so few shits they signed Manny Ramirez!
Sanchez, as I said in the piece linked above, “generates above average swing and miss, and was striking out a career high 24% of batters faced at the time he was dealt, with a career low walk rate as well. Provided this rough patch in the AL proves to be just a blip, he’s solid and dependable, if unspectacular… kind of like Edwin Jackson.”
His FIP dropped to 3.78 in August, and is at 3.20 in September, so it seems like he’s getting used to the American League.
So… there’s that.
Either of them, please. Or both! And more! ALL THE PITCHER THIS WINTER! ALL OF THEM!!!!!!