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!!!
Jays Journal gives an impressively lengthy primer on the middle infield prospects in the Jays system– from Hechavarria on down through the low minors. Good stuff.
Jose Bautista tells Chris Toman of BlueJays.com that his surgically-repaired wrist would be ready to play games in a month, he figures, and that all is well on his road to recovery.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe tells us that the Red Sox still want John Farrell desperately, but “if the Sox cannot pull Farrell away from the Toronto Blue Jays, an impressive list of alternative candidates is being assembled,” which he then reviews.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun reminds us that Charlie Beltran reportedly turned down an offer from the Jays last winter that was for a longer term and more money than what he eventually took to play for the Cardinals. Ugh.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott does some heavy lifting for the Hall of Fame campaign of Jack Morris, with the same old arbitrary end-pointed and thoroughly pointless stats (most wins in the 80s!), and a whole bunch of narrative.
Money reader comment on Elliott’s piece, by way of @largebill68: “His election would greatly lower HoF standards for pitchers and and a dozen or so similar or much better pitchers who could legitimately ask why him and not me. ‘His’ most win of the 80′s thing is as much or more an argument for Trammel or Whitaker than for Morris. Wins are a team stat foolishly assigned to pitchers as though they are the only people on the field. Ignore the team stat and Morris is a pretty average pitcher who had a few great games a lot of so-so games and a bunch of stinkers.”
Because I missed it last week, Bluebird Banter also points out that Las Vegas has the odds on Josh Hamilton signing with the Jays at 10-1. Who in Las Vegas say so? We’re not told or linked. But that ties the Jays with the Pirates as the eighth-most likely destination.
Crowdsourcing at FanGraphs continues, as they ask what readers think the various free agents at first base will sign for.
Cubs TV play-by-play guy Len Kasper guests at Baseball Prospectus and talks about bringing sabermetrics to the broadcast booth. Wait, what? That’s possible????
Deadspin looks at the PED aspects of Derek Jeter’s injury. No, really.
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Parkes looks at the Omar Infante play from the other night and demands instant replay. Like… now.