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!!!
Gregor Chisholm tweets that the trade rumours surrounding Yunel Escobar at the deadline were wildly overblown, and that he doesn’t think the Jays will make a trade just for the sake of it, pointing out that it’s just not in the GM’s nature to sell low on guys.
Elsewhere, Gregor writes at BlueJays.com that Sergio Santos is on track to throw again in December, which still puts him– for now– on track to return at some point in Spring Training, and that the club is taking a long look at Anthony Gose in left field, fucking hopefully as insurance in case they can’t get, y’know, a real one.
John Lott of the National Post writes a story with a headline that would have seemed insane a month ago: Blue Jays’ Adeiny Hechavarria, Anthony Gose shining in big-league spotlight.
On the Baseball Prospectus Daily Podcast this morning, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discussed Travis Snider’s opening up to the media.
Bluebird Banter also dives into part two of Davidi’s Snider piece. God I’m jealous of their new font.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes looks into the reports that the Angels won’t be picking up the option on the velocity-declining, older-than-you-think Dan Haren. He’d give up some bombs at Rogers Centre, but I’d certainly want to see the Jays interested… for the right price. It’s an interesting question what that price would be, though, as there’s a lot of risk there, given the velocity, age, and current performance.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Drew looks at a $100-million payroll team you may not think of when you piss and moan about Rogers not spending enough: the Cubs. And Parkes deflates your maple boners by looking at Eric Gagne’s allegation that 80% of his Dodgers teammates were, like him, on PEDs. Meh.
King of the insufferable one word paragraph, Doug Smith of the Toronto Star takes a minute from writing whatever it is he does about basketball to point out, in what I’m sure would have been a delightfully comic way in the heyday of the Borscht Belt, that the Jays aren’t having a very good year. Come on, Toronto Star. Seriously?
Elsewhere, the Star manages to pull a full item from a meaningless JP Arencibia tweet where the Jays’ catcher suggested playing a game (of baseball, he later clarified) against some locked out NHLers. They also point out that Arencibia was “educated at the University of Tennessee,” which I’m pretty sure is the only time those words have ever been used together in a sentence.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks at the David Price trade rumours and wonders whether it’s worth it for Tampa to not hold onto a player that good.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports talks to Don Cooper and the Chicago White Sox about their throwing caution to the wind in their usage of Chris Sale this season. Money quote from Cooper, whose staffs enjoy famously good health: “Why paint yourself in a corner if you’ve got no scientific stuff and nobody’s got answers? Nobody does.” Suck on it, Nationals.
Lastly, Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated, as he’ll be doing with all teams when they reach mathematical elimination, or it otherwise becomes clear they’re going nowhere, says goodbye to the 2012 Blue Jays. I kept waiting for the uplifting bit, but it never came.