And now, a few links and tidbits to keep you occupied between trips to the door to hand candy over to the un-costumed teenagers who’ll most likely egg your house later if you refuse. It’s your Early-Evening Trick-or-Treat!
Alex Anthopoulos spoke on TSN Radio on Tuesday morning, bringing Mike Richards and his listeners up to speed on the club’s still-ongoing manager search. In doing so, he downplayed the sense of urgency some feel the club should perhaps be better demonstrating as the process goes on:
“The only reason there’d be a sense of urgency is if it started to cut into other things that we wanted to do in the off-season. The whole process of the transaction with Boston was going on, really there wasn’t a whole lot to do on our end– it was more just sit back and wait, at least from a front office standpoint. So we really spent a lot of that time having meetings on free agents, meetings on trade targets and so on. Consciously I’ve made a point to not get completely bogged down in this process. Obviously it’s taking time, but I’m also making sure that each day I’m still keeping in contact with clubs, still keeping in contact now that free agents are starting– I was on the phone last night for quite some time with various free agents and so on. We’ve done a lot of work, we’re already prepared, and I’d like to get the manager component done sooner than later, I don’t have a timeline, but I think we’re at a pretty good pace right now.”
And here’s the money quote on what Anthopoulos, who insists he’s not worried a tick about the optics of his selection, is looking for in a manager:
“They’re there to connect to the players with the clubhouse, to put the team in a position to win, to do the in-game. There’s obviously the media component, there’s a lot of other components there too, but really it’s going to come down to two simple things: connecting with the players and connecting with the front office and the ownership group.”
In other words, maybe don’t be terribly shocked if it’s another manager who is technically inept or entirely inexperienced with in-game stuff. Which… hey, as long as he’s adaptable, that’s not so bad, and presumably that goes along with the first key component.
Though I’ve heard his name essentially ruled out, that can’t help but make me feel a little bit worried for one of the names Jose Bautista drops on the Toronto Sun in putting together a list of ultimate managerial qualities. “Jim Tracy’s leadership skills” would be an asset for the ideal manager, the Jays’ star says, along with “Cito Gaston’s patience, Tony Beasley’s enthusiasm, Trent Jewett’s knowledge, Lee Mazzilli’s motivational skills.”
Speaking of potential managers, Cleveland bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. isn’t waiting by the phone for a team to call him, says Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, and indeed, apparently the Jays have yet to reach out (they’re first looking at guys who they weren’t able to speak with last time around).
Though it was being reported earlier today that Brian Butterfield’s jump to Boston doesn’t rule him out of being the next Jays manager, according to an excellent piece from Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, Butter left “armed with the knowledge he wasn’t being considered — again — by the Jays to replace Farrell.” Interesting. Also interesting: Griff implores fans to not resent Butter’s decision, and entirely makes sense in his explanation.
More coaching stuff: during the 11 AM hour of the Jeff Blair Show this morning, Blairsy told us he’d heard rumblings– specifically from Pat Tabler– that Luis Rivera may also be on his way to Boston, eventually. That loss, he suggests, would be even bigger than the loss of Butterfield. Rivera was very important to the development of Adeiny Hechavarria, he says, and very well-respected– potentially a future manager.
John Lott of the National Post has an excellent update on yesterday’s Ricky Romero stuff, with help from the phone conference held on the subject Tuesday evening, explaining that the surgery took place two weeks ago, and that Romero hadn’t told team officials about the soreness in his elbow as the season progressed. “The relatively routine surgery followed a rough season in which Romero began to feel unusual soreness on the outside of his elbow,” Lott explains. “He said he could not recall exactly when it started, but it was ‘a little more soreness than usual’ and it ‘built up little by little.’ ”
I posted it somewhere else earlier, I’m pretty sure, but there’s nothing wrong with sending another link in the direction of the latest at Sportsnet from Shi Davidi, who talks budget and payroll and where the off-season may take us.
The Royals did with Ervin Santana what I’m still hopeful the Jays will be able to do with Dan Haren, acquiring the Angels pitcher, and cash, in exchange for a non-prospect, hoping he bounces back from a disastrous 2012– and, as Dave Cameron writes at FanGraphs, hoping that the market for pitching goes nuts this winter, making the one-year, $13-million deal look rather astute. Hum now Jays!
Speaking of Haren and FanGraphs, Michael Barr looks at the potential market for the red-flag laden righty.
Drew writes about Santana at Getting Blanked, concluding that “he is a pitcher, something the Royals desperately need. A good pitcher? That isn’t really the Royals MO. They just get guys known to pitch and figure the rest will take care of itself. Thus their stellar record of development and big league success.”
In addition to the Davis and Oliver stuff noted in the previous post, the Jays made a few more minor moves today. Gregor Chisholm has the details at BlueJays.com, as the club announced it has picked up lefty Scott Maine from Cleveland, designated Scott Cousins and David Herndon for assignment (hoping to slip them through waivers and to Buffalo as depth, presumably), while also using some of their open 40-man roster space to reinstate several pitchers off the 60-day disabled list.
Speaking of Oliver and Davis, there was some confusion about Rajai’s deal that I’ve done my best to add to in the post below. If you caught that one when it was relatively fresh, have a look again, as there have been some updates worth checking out. (Y’know, if you’re into agonizing over the contracts of fourth outfielders… which I am.)
Mop Up Duty digs into their ESPN Stats and Info goodness in order to give us a report on the season that was for Anthony Gose.
At FanGraphs, Matt Klaassen hands out the Jays-flavoured Joe Carter-Tony Batista award for 2012, which goes to “the hitter whose 2012 RBI total most exaggerates his actual offensive contribution.”
Not Jays-related, but still awesome: Ultimate Astros has a fantastic interview up with the club’s GM Jeff Luhnow.
Lastly, it’s part three of the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Year, this time featuring the worst of the worst!
Image via MiLB.com.