Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of (and that I need to distract myself with in order to keep from arguing with the commenters), with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
Not that I’m not taking this seriously, because it’s horribly shitty news, especially considering that ex-Expo Pascual Perez had the flair and the talent to be really noticeable and fun to a kid in the 80s back when he actually had a second team he could cheer for– in other words, I was definitely a fan– but of the many items out there on his murder yesterday in the Dominican Republic, I’m going to choose to link to the one in the National Post, because at the bottom of the piece the have a picture that I’m pretty sure kinda embodies exactly why he was a fan favourite for Montreal.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports lists his top 13 free agents, taking guesses as to where they end up, and who is he to turn down pageviews from these parts, so he has the Jays landing Anibal Sanchez, who he ranks number three.
A tweet from John Lott informs us that Chris Woodward, who was playing last year for Las Vegas, has retired, and will become an infield coordinator for the Mariners. “Woody” debuted in 1999 and peaked with a 2.2 fWAR season for the Jays in 2002, in which he put up a wOBA of .342, which would have been better this year than any Toronto Blue Jay with more than 50 plate appearances, save for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Good fucking lord.
Excitement for fans of overrated pitchers (yeah, that’s right) and baseball in the capital region: according to the Ottawa Sun, Nolan Ryan is part of the group that is aiming to bring to bring Double-A baseball to the nation’s twat. The Sun’s Don Campbell also notes that the Eastern League may bend rules allowing clubs to renegotiate current PDCs with MLB CLBs… er, clubs, which is probably going to lead a lot of people to believe the Jays will try and find a way out of New Hampshire, even though I’m pretty sure they’re not lying when they say they’re real happy with their relationship with the Fisher Cats. More importantly, the group Ryan is involved with also owns the Triple-A team in Round Rock, and the Double-A club in Corpus Christi, who play at Whataburger Field! Go to Texas and find yourself a damn Whataburger. Seriously.
Nobody tell Geoff Baker, but Dave Cameron at FanGraphs looks at the trap of over-spending for mid-market clubs, as he believes the Royals did yesterday with their pickup of Ervin Santana. It’s an interesting take that doesn’t insist against overspending, but highlights its dangers, and begins with an important truism regarding the Santana deal: “The Angels have options. They’re a winning franchise in a major metropolitan city with nice weather, so attracting free agents isn’t a big challenge, so long as they’re offering something close to market value. The Angels can afford to take calculated risks with players, knowing that their pool of potential replacements is pretty large,” he writes. “That doesn’t describe the Royals at all.” The Jays either, I’m afraid.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Bradley Woodrum takes a look at some NPB free agents, of whom three of the top four are middle infielders, which could be of some interest to the Jays.
Bluebird Banter wonders what it’s going to take to get Dan Haren out of Anahem, and puts the question to their readers. Certainly a lot more than what the Royals gave up for Santana, I think, because of both the quality of the player and the depth of the market. Reportedly the Angels have been weighing offers– fingers crossed the Jays have a good one out there, and that if they do make a deal, adding Haren’s salary doesn’t curb their free agent adventures this winter. It’s entirely possible they will and it won’t, but… try telling that to the peanut gallery.
The Blue Jay Hunter wonders about Ricky Romero and the trouble with hiding injuries– a sometimes understandable reflex of players worried about keeping their jobs or letting down a club that’s already been decimated. Interesting stuff.
Working Towards a Title looks at managers fired by American League clubs since 1990 who have ended up working elsewhere. For the Jays, John Farrell will be the first. And that’s well below average.
Lastly, it’s yet another outstanding installment of the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Year: Fan-Made Greatness!