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!!!
The Jays aren’t mentioned specifically, but apparently every AL East team has checked in on R.A. Dickey, and at least one club (AL East or otherwise) has offered the Mets an elite prospect for him– though no one has yet met the asking price for a pitcher who the Mets supposedly “have some concerns about … both on and off of the field.” MLBTR is following it all.
Terrible isn’t quite the right word– he was worth 1.2 wins per FanGraphs (though just 0.3 by BR)– but Ryan Dempster wasn’t very good when he went to Texas last year, and while I have no reason to feel that confident that he’ll continue to be that bad, the idea of him potentially going to Boston– as Ken Rosenthal tweets is a possibility (then follows-up with a post at Fox Sports)– is kinda Shane Victorino hilarious, no?
Of course, the Red Sox may also be down a player this afternoon, as there are health concerns on Mike Napoli, whose deal is taking an oddly long time to become official. Drew breaks down the hysteria over at Getting Blanked, including the latest on Napoli’s medicals.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Scott Lewis points us to the awesomeness that is Baseball Card Vandals, while Parkes takes on some poorly formed thoughts about the Hall of Fame ballot from a Montreal hockey columnist, who is one of these people who has invented a separate “first ballot” tier in his own mind.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks to Pat Hentgen, the Jays’ returning bullpen coach, who took a year off in 2012 to spend more time with his family– though, it turns out, they liked it when he was coaching, and “his family’s blessing combined with the rehiring of Gibbons as manager settled things, as the two bonded during Hentgen’s final season on the mound in 2004, when Gibbons was the club’s first base coach.”
Fresh off last Thursday’s Google+ Hangout appearance with us, Jonah Keri hops onto a podcast with some guy named Bill Simmons. And at Grantland, he tries to figure out the logic that allowed Cleveland to turn one year of Shin-Soo Choo (and some spare parts) into Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs.
Brett Lawrie talks to the Toronto Sun (QMI, whatever), saying the Jays are on “a quest for the World Series,” and that he’s looking forward to playing for Canada at the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Jays Prospects talks to Nose Snygen, as well as Lansing pitching coach Vince Horsman, about his 2012 and where he is moving forward.
At Bluebird Banter, Shermanator91 takes a look at some possibilities for the 25th spot on the Jays roster, while Damaso’s Burnt Shirt polls reaction to John Sickels’ top 20 Astros prospects, which only includes one player acquired in the JA Happ trade.
Lastly, Eno Sarris of FanGraphs breaks down the Yankees’ acquisition of another big ol’ slice of old: Kevin Youkilis.