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!!!
Gregor Chisholm lists some of the candidates to fill the Jays’ managerial vacancy in a piece at BlueJays.com, with some strong praise for the first name on the list, Tim Wallach. Gregor sounds insistent that Wallach ought to be considered one of the favourites, which I’d totally buy.
Thing is, the question that keeps coming up when we talk about it around the office is, if they want a Wallach or an Alomar or any of the available names we’ve already heard, why the hell wouldn’t they just gone ahead and hired them already? You could almost get the feeling that they might be waiting for someone– which is why I mentioned Darren’s piece at Extra Base Hit in my previous post, where he wonders about a guy we haven’t heard, a guy who could pretty much write his own ticket and may be holding up the process while he decides whether to do it or not. A guy like Joe Torre, like Ozzie Guillen, like Tony La Russa (you’re welcome, Colby!). Or, I dunno… Lou Piniella? As I’ve mentioned in the comments, and on Twitter this afternoon, it might cost Rogers more money than Manny Acta, but bringing in one of those names sure would be an efficient way to buy back some good will from the fans– and to get the clubhouse to sit up and take notice. Otherwise, how could they possibly be as far behind in the process as they appear, having seen Valentine flaming out in Boston for months, knowing Farrell– who they didn’t seem to want to negotiate an extension with anyway– would be interested in the opportunity again?
Jays Journal likes what Alex Anthopoulos has done with his bullpen, building a strong group of power arms and options to face both righties and lefties for relatively cheap, noting the ridiculous deal already signed by Brandon League this year, and the fact that the decent relievers who are out there as free agents are going to be costly for a very budget-aware club like the Jays.
Speaking of that, the Esmil Rogers deal not only saved the Jays whatever they may have been considering giving to Jason Frasor or Brandon Lyon (assuming they’re now off the table), but Mike Aviles salary as well. Aviles was recently projected by MLBTR to get $2.9-million in arbitration, meaning they’ll save in the neighbourhood of $2.5-million there, plus probably another $4- to $5-million by putting Frasor and Lyon out of the picture. Hey, every dollar counts– and I kinda love how the front office seems to be rather transparent in their attempted accounting, making sure by their actions that everyone knows Rogers is holding the purse strings tightly.
Over at the Tao of Stieb, The Org Guy gets a little negative on the Rogers move, wondering why the club took a step backwards in the middle infield to add another arm in the ‘pen, and pointing to a pair of tweets from Colin Wyers who says it’s “the second time I can recall the Jays got an utter steal and traded it almost immediately for a reliever.” On a positive note, he adds, at least we can stop talking about– and worrying the Jays are going to actually use– Yan Gomes.
Even more negative is the whole concept, mentioned above, of Rogers being tight-fisted with money, as usual. “Recession?” asks the title of a piece from Jon Morosi at Fox Sports, ”Not in Scott Boras’ world.” He quotes the uber-agent as explaining that “the good news for [teams] is that every team is going to have another $25 million in revenue through the national TV packages. They’re going to be making between $110 million and $120 million (including other revenue streams) before they sell a ticket. It’s a different financial model. Every team can afford to keep a franchise player now.”
House of the Bluebird looks into the four best, most realistic free agent options on the market for the Jays: Anibal Sanchez, Edwin Jackson, Brandon McCarthy and Dan Haren.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs makes an important point regarding the health concerns surrounding Haren, and the knowledge the Angels may have relative to everyone else. He quotes Matt Swartz, who has dug into the data, suggesting “a team pays “about twice as much per WAR for another team’s pitcher as (they) do re-signing (their) own pitcher.”
Jays Prospects speaks with some… um… Jays prospects who endorse the new manager of the Miami Marlins, Mike Redmond.
At ESPN.com, Keith Law has buyers’ guide middle infielders in which he says that Kelly Johnson “looked finished in 2012, especially in the second half, even though he’ll turn just 31 in February.” Ouch. He figures he might get a look on a minor league deal, but his days as a regular are probably over.
David Schecter of Jays Journal takes the media to task for the suggestion that the Jays have to contend ASAP. And… sure, the team isn’t going anywhere if they don’t, and they’re still listing in basically the right direction regardless of the pissing and moaning that goes on, but… at the same time, there really isn’t an excuse for not putting together a competitive roster this winter. And that comes down squarely on the head of Rogers.
In Macleans, even though it’s grating at times, given that he has a bit of an agenda (which he’s at least up front about), Colby Cosh asks some important questions about baseball stat guru turned political stat guru Nate Silver. Great discussion on it in the comments at Baseball Think Factory as well.
Beyond the Boxscore has some interesting stuff up about Tommy John surgeries, including the most complete list available of those pitchers who have had one.
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Drew points out that Billy Hamilton did things this weekend in the AFL’s Rising Stars game (where Jake Marisnick has flown ridiculously under the radar, I should add– Sam Dyson, as Jays Journal points out, was the only one of the organization’s prospects in the game). Also: you should Vote Melky.