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!!!
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star spoke to Matt Sosnick, agent for Josh Johnson, who reiterates a comment he made on Jeff Blair’s show last week, saying that his client is open to an extension with the Jays. “If there is anyone in the game I’d be receptive to talking to about it it’s (Anthopoulos),” he says. Previously he’d said that if there’s shared risk for both sides, it could definitely be a thing– which is why his comment to Kennedy makes total sense. Johnson could earn a shitload of money this season, but he could also lose a lot. Let’s make a deal!
Getting Blanked has the details via Rob Bradford of Boston’s WEEI.com, who spoke to a man who says that he was in the race to be the next Jays manager right up until the eleventh hour: Brian Butterfield. “When push came to shove and they were trying to narrow down the list, and Alex even told me this, he really had to have a guy who had previous major league managing experience,” the Sox new third base coach explained.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet writes about how the Jays are upset with the placement of Team Canada in Arizona next spring, in preparation of the World Baseball Classic, and are working to change it so the national team winds up in Dunedin.
Genius alert: Working Towards A Title runs some spell check/autocorrect on the names on the Jays roster. Um… read it.
Turns out it was Julio Izturis, not Cesar, who the Jays signed to a minor league deal. It was still fun, though, wasn’t it? MLBTR has the details.
It was pointed out yesterday, especially after my slice of self-indulgence re: Cito/Buck, that Alex Anthopoulos later tried to explain that it was his decision, not Cito’s, to keep running John Buck out there in September of 2010. I did not agree with this at the time.
At the Mockingbird, Jon Hale has an “exclusive” look behind the scenes of the conversation between Shea Hillenbrand and the reporter for the Associate Press that the ex-Jay surprisingly praised John Gibbons to.
David Laurila of FanGraphs has a handy Q&A with still-in-limbo Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton. Some interesting stuff!
At ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney goes through ten questions for ten contenders, not including the Jays, who he mentions in his very first sentence for having answered so many of theirs already. Other teams are playing the waiting game, it seems, hoping for prices to drop.
Tom Hawthorn of the Globe and Mail pens a nice, fond remembrance of Pascual Perez.
Lastly, some housekeeping: thanks to the Jays and Rogers and their excitement-infusing past couple of weeks, we’ve had all sorts of new likes on the DJF Facebook page– where all of our posts are delivered straight to your news feed in a timely manner, with a few extra graphical goodies occasionally added in for good measure.
Similarly, you’ll get fresh links to all our posts by following @DrunkJaysFans on Twitter, or if you prefer a more interactive experience– plus all the same links– follow me, @AndrewStoeten. And be sure to follow all of our great writers and contributors, like @DrewGROF, @theScottLewis, @ArchiZuber, @BradleyAnkrom, and I guess @DustinParkes as well.
And even though the Jays have already done so much of their heavy lifting, that doesn’t mean we didn’t long ago get a bunch of Winter Meetings goodness prepared– so stay tuned for all that, including a Google Hangout the Getting Blanked crew will be doing for next week, with Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors and Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com set to join us.