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!!!
Beyond the Box Score awesomely does some role playing as Alex Anthopoulos and Jon Daniels, taking the d’Arnaud-for-Profar rumour and morphing it into an actually interesting trade suggestion: Derek Holland and AA 2B Leury Garcia for JP Arencibia, Brett Cecil and Noah Syndergaard. Read it.
Jon Morosi tweets that multiple teams were interested in Brian Butterfield, before he ultimately decided to join John Farrell in Boston.
Because apparently they hadn’t yet, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Jays have been granted permission by the Dodgers to speak with Tim Wallach.
Dave Cameron does the lord’s work at FanGraphs, walking us through the new rules that will apply for the first time during this hot stove season.
In case you missed it yesterday, like I did, at the bottom of Gregor Chisholm’s BlueJays.com piece on the club potentially looking to bring back
Casey Janssen Jason Frasor or Brandon Lyon is a nifty breakdown of the club’s positions of need and contract issues as we head into the off-season. Worth a revisit.
Stephen Brunt, in a piece appearing on CityTV.com, writes that the Jays need to contend ASAP, and suggests that the next manager Alex Anthopoulos hires will probably be his last. “If this skipper succeeds, and the Jays thrive, Anthopoulos will be bumped into the president’s job when Paul Beeston walks into the sunset,” he writes, “and if he fails, there will be no more mulligans.”
TSN.ca commenters, some-fucking-how, may actually take the cake for the dumbest in the city. Astonishingly. But there’s good news: Alex Anthopoulos was on the radio today, so maybe there’s a post worth writing I can get out of it.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star sizes up the Jays players who will hit free agency this week.
MLBTR puts forth their list of possible non-tender candidates. Get scouring!
Bluebird Banter has a look at the newest name added to the list of Jays’ managerial candidates, Matt Williams.
Jays Journal wonders whether the Jays might be able to get Martin Prado out of Atlanta, on the possibility that the Braves don’t re-up with catcher Brian McCann. Yeah… I don’t know about that. They also wonder whether Brandon McCarthy is worth the injury risk. That I’ll take, sure.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes notices that the ratings for the World Series weren’t so hot– meh– while Matt Klaassen tries to care about Gold Gloves. Parkes also wonders about the rumours surrounding platoon player Andre Ethier and his crazy expensive contract. If the Dodgers want to kick in a shit-tonne of money, I say the Jays go for it!
Kevin Glew of CBC Sports thinks the Jays need a manager like Bruce Bochy– y’know, one who looks basically like an idiot all regular season, despite some bullpen managing skills, then has everything break his way in the playoffs. Not my bag.
The Toronto Observer talks to Ryan Goins, a Jays farmhand who is Goins well in the Arizona Fall League.
Extra Base Hit writes about the decisions the Jays have to make on Darren Oliver and Rajai Davis, wondering if it’s telling that Davis hasn’t had his option picked up just yet. Still a chance he’ll be non-tendered.
A Fan Fuel blogger at Sportsnet speaks to Jays prospect and Southern Miss quarterback Anthony Alford.
Meanwhile, Jeff Simmons of Sportsnet wonders if any of the Jays were robbed when they weren’t nominated for an American League Gold Glove. Answer: maybe? Probably not. Whatever.
Lastly, it’s a slanted and enchanted part two of the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Year: In The Mouth A Desert.