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!!!
Something I glossed over in my earlier post regarding the latest on the Jays’ managerial search from Shi Davidi at Sportsnet: “Other potential candidates,” he tells us, beyond the names frequently being circulated, “are a tightly held secret.” Hmmm.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm tells us that the Jays may look to bring back either Jason Frasor or Brandon Lyon, both of whom will be free agents this winter– and while those with only a short-term memory would surely say Lyon, I’m not sure it’s such a clear choice. Regardless, “the bullpen is an area of depth,” Alex Anthopoulos tells Gregor. “It’s going to be important that we have some relievers that have a chance to be here for a while. Both guys we’ll strongly take a look at. I don’t know where that’s going to go.”
MLBTR projects arbitration salaries for those players who are eligible, and figures on Rajai Davis coming in at $3.9-million, if his $3-million option is picked up. Add in the fact they’d have to pay $500K to buy him out, and it looks like the option they hold isn’t such a bad deal. So if they decline it, I’m not sure what that will mean, exactly.
In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin shits on Paul Beeston’s supposed rule about not signing players to contracts of more than five years, suggesting that the Vernon Wells debacle is at the root of it, “but just because you are coming off a bad marriage doesn’t mean you give up on women.”
Elsewhere, Griffin reminds us of some important dates that are coming up fast, emphasizing exactly how much Alex Anthopoulos needs to get done in the next two weeks.
I’m loath to visit Bleacher Report, let alone send any traffic to that suckhole–in fact, I won’t do it– but if you really want to read something incredibly fucking dumb, I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding their recent attempt at making a post so bad you want to print it out just so you can literally wipe your ass with it, in which they wonder if the Phillies and the Jays maybe should hook up on a Travis d’Arnaud – Vance Worley swap. No, seriously.
MLBTR passes along the latest from Nick Cafardo, who says that Bobby Valentine declined to comment on whether he’d be interested in the Jays job, among others. Um… pass.
They also tell us some terrific news: Tyson Brummett, who the Jays designated for assignment not long after picking him up on waivers from the Phillies, has been outrighted to Buffalo. Our Kenny Powers remains!
David Schecter of Jays Journal does some digging into the standings and figures that the Jays are at least trending in the right direction still, with some potential openings on the horizon in the AL East.
Over at the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy takes a deep breath and gives his thoughts on how the Farrell mess played out.
Speaking of managerial stuff, hat tip to @_Joe_Ross for pointing out that having Robbie Alomar on the Jays’ bench might not be the worst thing in the world, given what Todd Jones wrote in a 2008 Sporting News column about tipping pitches: “When Cito Gaston was managing in Toronto, he had his bench pick apart the pitcher. One guy would study the pitcher’s hands, one would study his feet, one his cadence between pitches,” he writes. “When Roberto Alomar signed with Cleveland (after playing with the Blue Jays and Orioles), a funny thing happened. The Indians suddenly became good at studying pitchers.” Couldn’t hurt, right?
At FanGraphs, they’re crowdsourcing the potential terms of contracts signed by free agent pitchers.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider Olney) notes that the Royals, much like the Jays, are in the market for pitching– and they have some very nice MLB-ready pieces to deal in order to get some. On a brighter note: he has spoken to executives who figure Anibal Sanchez is in line to get $30- to $60-million this winter. DO IT!!
Rawlings informs us that the winners of this year’s Gold Glove awards will be broadcast on ESPN2 tomorrow. They list the nominees for us, none of whom plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, despite the fact that there are six nominees at third base (three per league), and Brett Lawrie finished third for this year’s Fielding Bible Award at his position. I’d scream travesty if, y’know, the Gold Gloves weren’t already kind of a joke.
Not Jays-related, but still hilarious: Deadspin tells us that Pat Burrell tried to beat up Jon Heyman. Hilariawesome!
Lastly, with the season over, it’s Getting Blanked’s Best GIFs of 2012!