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!!!
At Getting Blanked, Scott spots a small item from Bob Elliott about the Jays potentially being interested in Shaun Marcum, which… isn’t what Jeff Blair had been saying earlier in the off-season. But perhaps there’s no sense in closing a door before it’s necessary, especially when it’s with a guy who might actually take your money. Or perhaps they’re just trying to get a handle on the market in order to use that info elsewhere.
That notion actually came in Elliott’s piece for the Toronto Sun about Ken Macha, who apparently wants to manage the Jays. Um… OK?
Guy Spurrier of the National Post pushes back on the commenters who think that the Jays wildly overpaid Maicer Izturis.
“While he’s at a great age/development level and has tremendous stuff, with his 1-2 repertoire, he is purely a back of the bullpen flamethrower and not a potential Morrowesque conversion project, or even deep rotation depth,” writes Jon Hale as he concludes an outstanding-as-always piece at the Mockingbird, this time digging into the Pitch F/X on Esmil Rogers. “Really, his value all comes down to whether he can maintain what was an unusual amount of control over a small sample size last year, in which case he’s another Lincoln/Delabar/Santos in the Jays’ collection of Right-handed one-Inning Setup/striKeout guys (trying really hard to invent the term RISKGYS here).”
There have been a lot of rumblings about Don Wakamatsu being the next Jays manager, which makes this post from Lookout Landing, which came in the wake of his dismissal by Seattle in 2010, and the comments that follow it rather interesting. There’s a lot of support for him, there, though I’m not sure any of it makes me feel so confident that he ought to be the final managerial hire of AA’s career, as some suspect he will be.
MLBTR has the details of the Tigers’ pickup of Team Canada and now ex-Jays pitcher Shawn Hill, who elected free agency last month after the Jays outrighted him off of their 40-man roster.
Bluebird Banter weighs in on the Keith Pelley comment that I also did earlier. Because, y’know, there is just that much other news out there right now. Ugh.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers talks to Joshua Kusnick, agent for the recently-acquired Jeremy Jeffress.
Aaand if you want to get good and depressed, they take a look at some of the Jays’ most notable failed prospects from the last decated.
Jays Journal looks at the Jays’ pitching depth and commitments going forward, slotting in Syndergaard and Nicolino for mid-2014 arrivals. Interesting stuff.
They also do a prospect primer for the right-handed pitchers in the system.
Scott Ferguson of TSN.ca argues that the Jays should be looking at Don Wakamatsu as their next manager.
The Boston Herald turns its gaze to the Jays, as they continue a series looking at the teams of the AL East and where each one stands as we head deeper into the off-season.
Michael Hobson of the Vancouver Sun’s Fan View blog likes what he sees from the Jays so far this off-season.
Melissa Couto of the Sun speaks to Daniel Devonshire, the New Zealand-born 37th rounder, who played this year with the GCL Jays– and was there when rehab assignments wound up putting Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie on the same field– and will suit up for the Kiwis in a qualifier for the World Baseball Classic next week.
F0r those of you pushing back at any of the talk from Baseball America last week regarding the Jays’ farm system not quite being elite, FanGraphs has Trevor Rosenthal as the sixth best prospect in the Cardinals system, which is just fucking disgusting. We wish.
And lastly, elsewhere at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan writes about the market’s other available ace– RA Dickey of the Mets. A few Jays fans are very interested, but I just don’t quite see how it’s worth the years of control they’ll have to give up.