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!!!
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks to John Buck about Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio, who the returning catcher– and Elliott, for that matter– believes will be fan favourites here once we all get a taste of what they bring to the ballpark. (Delicious hamburgers?)
Well, that’s odd: the Jays tweeted out a picture of Brett Lawrie visiting the Langley, BC, Boys and Girls, and… uh… the kids all seem to be really big Colby Rasmus fans.
Mop Up Duty dips into the ESPN Stats and Info gold in order to scout Maicer Izturis, ultimately arguing that they’d “like to see the Jays go into a match-up type platoon at 2B with Izturis and Bonifacio–Giving Maicer the start when the Jays send a GB pitcher to the mound, and Emilio the nod when playing against a favourable SB catcher or pitcher match-up.” Interesting stuff.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at the top 20 Houston Astros prospects, which includes exactly one of many sent their way in the J.A. Happ deal– Asher “Don’t call me Adrian Wojnarowski” Wojciechowski, all the way down in 13th (though he wonders if his fine end to the season in Double-A may presage a breakout). Joe Musgrove and Carlos Perez don’t make the cut, but show up as C+ prospects outside the top 20, while Kevin Comer is a tier below that, even.
Jon Heyman writes for CBS Sports that the Mets and RA Dickey are only $6-million apart, though there’s supposedly still the chance the club finds a desperate taker (my words) who pays through the face-hole to get him. I’d wager he stays.
More rumouring, as MLBTR is keeping on top of the big trade between the Reds and the Clevelands that seems imminent– and may setup more dealing to follow.
Sticking with MLBTR, apparently Jim Thome is open to playing again in 2013. I’m not sure he’s better than Adam Lind, but… he’s so better than Adam Lind.
Jeff Sullivan wrote about new Jays signing Luis Jimenez back in September at Lookout Landing, as the 30-year-old made his big league debut.
Daniel George of Jays Journal writes a bunch of sentences about Jason Grilli that I don’t really agree with, and one that I do: “the most logical reason [for spurning the Jays' bigger offer] would be loyalty, as the Pirates gave Grilli a chance by signing him in the middle of the 2011 season.”
Jonah Keri talks about this weeks big deal as well, in his latest for Grantland.
At Getting Blanked, Scott mourns the defection of Andruw Jones to Japan with a couple of memorable GIFs.
Ross Carey of Replacement Level Podcast has a nifty Q&A with Tom Tango, for those of you who are sabermetrically inclined.
Lastly, Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus nails it on the subject of the Rays-Royals deal.