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.

At FanGraphs, it’s our old friend Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball, joining Carson Cistulli on their weekly podcast.

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.

Comments (20)

  1. I bet Proven Closer™ Sergio Santos is excited to slide into his designed role of… er… Proven Set-Up Man To Casey Janssen™

  2. Will it even be possible to look back in a eulogy of the 2012 season to the pre-season previews without just breaking down completely as a human being?

    “Jose Bautista will continue to…” ugh….
    “The 1-2 punch of Romero and Morrow is among the best-” oh god… no, no…
    “A breakout performance from Snid-” i, i can’t… god… too much… stop…
    “And hey, at least the Orioles will-” (series of indistinct gurgling, hacking sounds)

    • “The rebuilt bullpen will provide stability after a tough year-” *starts flailing uncontrollably*
      “The Jays have some pitching depth in the system to-” MAKE IT STOP FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

  3. I try not to put too much stock into these SSS, but Hech came up and essentially went 0-fer his first 6 games.

    Since then? .289/.309/.422 (98 PAs).

    Encouraging!

  4. All is not lost. Darkest before dawn. It can only go up from here? Anybody got anything else?

    • You can’t always get what you want.
      You gotta know when to fold ‘em.
      Billie-Jean is not my lover.

      Am I doing this right?

  5. I am so super excited about Gose in LF – if:

    a) the alternative is Davis, and

    b) the money not spent on LF is spent on pitching or on a proper 1B/DH in place of Lind (with Lind going to bench, pinch-hitter, injury substitute role).

  6. You mean the University of Tennessee that has produced one of the highest PhD per capita rates anywhere? There are plenty of intelligent people who don’t wear skinny jeans or pretend to be in a band and drink 5dollar coffees. But feel free to rip on the next commentator who spwes some stereotype bullshit, be it homophobic, racist or whatever. You could write a dissertation on the internal creative conflict this blog has gone through recently.
    But please continue with the improved quality of posts recently.

    It’s ok to have it both ways, everyone needs a job. #Cognitive dissonance

  7. Lord, I’ve really been real stressed, down and out, losing ground.
    Although I am black and proud, problems got me pessimistic.
    Brothers and sisters keep messin’ up, why does it have to be so damn tuff?
    I don’t know where I can go to let these ghosts out of my skull.
    My grandma past my brother’s gone, I never at once felt so alone.
    I know you’re supposed to be my steering wheel, not just my spare tire.
    (Home!) But Lord, I ask you,
    (Home!) to be my guiding force and truth.
    (Home!) For some strange reason it had to be,
    (Home!) he guided me to Tennessee.

    (Home!) Take me to another place, take me to another land.
    Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan.
    Take me to another place, take me to another land.
    Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan.

    Lord it’s obvious we got a relationship
    Talkin’ to each other every night and day
    Although you’re superior over me
    We talk to each other in a friendship way
    Then outta nowhere you tell me to break
    Outta the country and into more country
    Past Dyesburg and Ripley
    Where the ghost of childhood haunts me
    Walk the roads my forefathers walked
    Climb the trees my forefathers hung from
    Ask those trees for all their wisdom
    They tell me my ears are so young. (Home)
    Go back, from whence you came (Home)
    My family tree, my family name (Home)
    For some strange reason it had to be (Home)
    He guided me to Tennessee. (Home)

    (Home!) Take me to another place, take me to another land.
    Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan.
    Take me to another place, take me to another land.
    Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan.

    Now I see the importance of history
    Why my people be in the mess that they be
    Many journeys to freedom made in vain
    By brothers on the corner playin’ ghetto games
    I ask you, Lord why you enlightened me
    Without the enlightenment of all my folks
    He said, cuz I set myself on a quest for truth
    And he was there to quench my thirst
    But I am still thirsty
    The Lord allowed me to drink some more
    He said what I am searching for are
    The answers to all which are in front of me
    The ultimate truth started to get blurry
    For some strange reason it had to be
    It was all a dream about Tennessee

    (Home!) Take me to another place, take me to another land.
    Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan.
    Take me to another place, take me to another land.
    Make me forget all that hurts me, let me understand your plan.
    Oh, won’t you let me, won’t you help me,
    won’t you help me understand your plan.
    Take me home, take me home, home, take me to another place.
    Take me home, take me home, home, take me to another place.

  8. aaarrrrrrrhooooooooo!

  9. re HGH in baseball
    Say it ain’t so, Gagne.
    You don’t look ripped at all, right Stoeten?

  10. meh

  11. It’s easy for Cooper to criticize the Nats when Sale isn’t coming off a major surgery. But if Sale is injured next year after jumping from 70—>190-200 innings, it’ll be a point in favour of being cautious with young pitchers.

  12. RE: Bluebird Banter also dives into part two of Davidi’s Snider piece. God I’m jealous of their new font.

    Ya, that’s a nice way to read online. After seeing their lame logo leaked, I’m pleasantly surprised to see the site. Actually very nice.

  13. Boys,

    Its been a tough go this year, everything has dropped off including our updates!
    I’d like to turn the page to next year and dive into what we have solidified and the gaps to fill via free agency, youngsters or trade.

    LF
    CF Rasmus
    RF Bautista
    3B Lawrie
    SS
    2B
    1B
    DH Encarnacion
    C D’Arnaud

    Those are the only untouchables, in my opinion.  And Rasmus needs to make a considerable turnaround in terms of plate discipline to be the long-term holder of Devo’s mantle.  Now we look at possible internal pieces to fill some gaps.

    LF (Gose)
    CF Rasmus
    RF Bautista
    3B Lawrie
    SS (Hechavarria)
    2B
    1B
    DH Encarnacion
    C D’Arnaud

    Lets now all agree that the lineup COULD do some damage, and if there are baserunners ahead of the middle sticks it may be fine, however I would beg to say we need another guy who plays up the middle who is a serious obp guy.  Same goes for Gose, he basically is a plus defender with a shiz ton of speed. So offensively If he can simply get on base from the leadoff position, were magic.

    I LOVE OUR DEFENCE WITH THIS LINEUP…

    What trade chips do we have…

    I would package up Yunel and JP for a power arm. I like Bud Norris for the Astros

    I would package two top 10 prospects (Marisnick & Nicolino)for Rickie Weeks and take his contract from Brewers

    I would package a prospect arm (Norris or Stilson or Maguire) for Kendry Morales and take his contract from Angels

    I would trade Adam Lind to the Dbacks or Rockies for a giveaway. Understanding that he could thrive in an NL hitters park.

    This would lead to the following offensive lineup, with strong defensive coverage.

    LF (Gose) (1)
    CF Rasmus (7)
    RF Bautista (3)
    3B Lawrie (6)
    SS (Hechavarria) (9)
    2B (Weeks) (2)
    1B Morales (4)
    C D’Arnaud (8)
    DH Encarnaccion (5)

    Now, moving on to our staff and pen.  This has been a revolving door of mediocrity this year.  The mist unfortunate starting and ending with Ricky.  However, i have faith in Ricky because he s a bull dog, and through C Carp and Doc we’ve seen all our studs get lit up for one year.  We need a 150 innings guy who is a stop gap for our prospects.

    SP Morrow
    SP Romero
    SP Norris
    SP (FA)
    SP Happ/Alvarez

    Mid Season additions: Hutchison, Drabek, Prospects.

    I would sign someone like: one year contracts.
    Harden
    Bedard
    Freddy Garcia
    Marcum
    Ervin Santana

    In the Pen…

    And once again our unsung hero of the year Casey f-in Janssen, what a stud.  Just buck up and label him Duane Ward, he did it for Accardo and he ll do it for Serge next year.

    CL Santos
    8th Janssen
    8th Oliver (l)
    7th Perez (l)
    7th Lincoln (snider trade)

    I feel confident with the top three guys here.

    Enjoy your weekend Boys!!!

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