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It is indeed the most traffic-whoringest time of year! Here’s what’s out there that I wasn’t about to make full posts out of, as Day One of the Winter Meetings turns into Night One down in Nashville…
Drew lays down some Winter Meetings know-how over at Getting Blanked. They’re killing it over there for all your non-Jays-related stuff from the Winter Meetings, bringing us all the low-down on the latest moves, plus– sadly– the end of Derek Eater.
At the Mockingbird, Jon Hale breaks out the Pitch F/X tool and goes ridiculous in-depth on Josh Johnson. Great stuff, as always.
MLBTR is keeping tabs on the reports that the Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar– apparently the Rays and A’s are interested.
Matt Klaassen of FanGraphs looks at the Rangers’ re-signing of catcher Geovany Soto, and thinks he actually has value as a primary starter. So… no deal, then?
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, David Laurila gets his hands on some Buns– read: he does a Q&A with Alan Ashby!
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (Insider Only) lists one trade candidate for each of the thirty MLB teams, tossing out– surprise!– JP Arencibia as a potential commodity for the Jays to deal, and the White Sox (along with the more obvious Mets and Rangers) as a possible destination.
Hal Bodley of MLB.com sat in on the John Gibbons media conference in Nashville, and gives his take on the answers from a man he feels will be on the hot seat, given the tremendous expectations on the Jays.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri lists the Jays among several teams who might make a big splash during these Winter Meetings, figuring that they might be a good fit for Michael Morse, the Nationals slugger who may be available.
The Fan 590 has sent the Jeff Blair Show down to Nashville for the winter meetings, and Blair and Dirk Hayhurst did some great stuff– especially in the 10 AM hour, when Hayhurst did an excellent job breaking down the way J.A. Happ pitches, as well as some great stuff about Brandon Lyon and Casey Janssen– the latter of whom he doesn’t see as being quite as safe in the closer’s role as most tend to believe.
Shi Davidi and Barry Davis of Sportsnet talk about day one of the Winter Meetings… or something.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks about John Gibbons, Rush fan, going to see the band in his hometown of San Antonio. Definitely didn’t see that one coming.
According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox are into this whole higher-AAV-for-fewer-years thing they did with Mike Napoli, and are thinking about pitching something similar to Josh Hamilton, as well.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels gives us his preliminary list of Jays prospects, in anticipation of the rankings he’ll be doing of the players in the system in the very near future.
The Tao of Stieb tries his best not to groan his way through a Winter Meetings preview.
Lastly, Extra Base Hit notices that the MLB Fan Cave dug up a high school yearbook photo of Mark Buehrle, for some reason. And Darren also takes a look at some World Series odds– doing so just before the Winter Meetings kicked off. 8-1 for the Jays. PLAYOFFS!!!1!