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!!!
Several things from Nick Cafardo’s latest insufferably-paginated mammoth for the Boston Globe:
Cafardo give a list of potential targets for the Red Sox– many of which could apply to the Jays.
He also suggests that the Sox won’t look at Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler because he doesn’t have MLB experience (I guess that means in any capacity, given the fact that they’re interviewing Tim Wallach and Brad Ausmus).
On John Farrell, he notes that “he keeps saying he is the manager of the Blue Jays, but as colleague Pete Abraham notes, he never comes out and says he’s not interested in Boston.” Because, y’know, Abraham is the only person to have pointed that out. On that subject, someone in the comments the other day quite rightly pointed out that it’s not really in Farrell’s interest to rule out Boston, as he can use their interest as leverage in negotiating an extension with the Jays.
“Toronto’s prospect talent base seems to be greater than Boston’s,” he adds. “While the Red Sox appear to have more resources, the Jays may be ready to spend. So is the Boston job better?”
David Ortiz, he says, “might accept a two-year deal for $26 million-$28 million if offered. The sides are talking and hope to have a deal before free agency. But if the Sox can’t go two years, Ortiz may very well roll the dice and see if the Orioles, Yankees, Blue Jays, or Rangers bite.”
Unlike the many bleating clowns who’d insist that a debate on whether the Jays should deal for big-time pitching this winter would be merely academic, Shi Davidi writes at Sportsnet that the tremendous cost of last year’s deals has to be weighed heavily. The Red Sox and Diamondbacks, he figures, were worse off for the pitching deals they made last winter, and the A’s much stronger because of them.
Oh yeah, and Davidi adds that the package for Gio Gonzalez would have been “likely built around Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison, plus catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and one of the Lansing Big Three.” Jesus!
In anticipation of the onset of free agency five days after the World Series ends, FanGraphs has begun crowdsourcing the potential terms of free agent contracts. They did pretty well in the exercise last year.
At Bluebird Banter, Minor Leaguer talks to Ben Wagner, the voice of the Buffalo Bisons.
Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus looks at recent comments from Jim Leyland regarding Jose Valverde, which suggest that we’re probably going to be stuck with the conventional idea of a closer for a while.
The Org Guy covers for the Tao of Stieb– congrats, Tao!– and answers a Tweet Bag.
Somebody at something called Rant Sports thought it was worth writing a post wondering if Shelley Duncan, just released by the Clevelands, might be a fit for the Jays. Okaaay?
CSN New England points out that Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun thinks that John Farrell isn’t very good, and sadly, I bet some people in Boston are going to think that’s not just the worthlessly sharted-out opinion of an astonishing tool.
Lastly, speaking of awful horseshit in the Toronto Sun, Bill Lankhoff indulges his inner insufferably impatient, pissy fuckface of a fan, moaning through dreadfully misleading garbage about the Jays’ supposedly failed drafting, and smugly running through a rather intellectually dishonest assessment of the club’s depth compared to the Yankees and Cardinals.