Happy winter! Danny Knobler of CBS Sports Knobbled his way to some Jays traffic (um… for his Tweet?) yesterday afternoon, giving us the first ever-so-slightly shifting flake of innuendo in what’s presumably going to grow into an off-season avalanche:
One non-Tiger note from today’s Tiger column: Blue Jays had nine different scouts watching Edwin Jackson’s final 3 starts this year.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) October 15, 2012
The Jays, of course, had scouts, including the GM himself, over in Japan last year to see Yu Darvish, and we know how that turned out– per the most recent report, third in the bidding, and not within $35-million of what Texas paid– so the fact that a bunch of scouts were there doesn’t tell us a whole hell of a lot about the Jays’ level of interest.
In fact, perhaps their appearance watching Jackson– assuming that’s who they were specifically there to see– and the sheer number of scouts in attendance, tells us that the club has a some uncertainty about the formerly Boras-represented free-agent-to-be. And why shouldn’t they? Jackson has seen a decline in innings each of the last three seasons– though he still logged 189.2 this year– and was down about a mile-per-hour on his average fastball velocity this year, which led, in part, to his first sub-3.5 fWAR season since 2008.
On the other hand, he’s still good for near 200 innings and has only had one sub-3.5 fWAR season since 2008!
So… there’s that.