Minor Moves: In a press release the Jays have announced that they’ve re-claimed reliever Chad Beck on waivers from Pittsburgh, while Buster Olney tweets that ol’ Rusty Canz has been passed around again, claimed by the Yankees after the Clevelands tried to pass him through waivers a second time this winter.
Buster Olney goes whole hog today at ESPN.com (Insider Olney), finally unveiling his rankings of the top teams, overall, in the game. The Jays place seventh, which… OK, that seems a little light. Especially since they’re below Oakland and San Francisco, and that the scouts he talks to all put question marks on the top six at least as much as they do the Jays. “I have questions about the league transition for R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle (at this stage in his career) and Josh Johnson,” says an NL evaluator, “but it’s a deep team, and much improved.”
At FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan takes a look at the guys getting passed around the waiver wire this winter, like sorta ex-Jays Eli Whiteside and Scott Cousins, while Matt Klaassen looks at a right-handed hitter some Jays fans would be OK with stomaching as a platoon guy with Adam Lind: Delmon Young. Uh… yeah, I don’t care about the decent splits, the awful hacking and anti-Semitic incident are enough to have me pass, thanks.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Paul Swydan argues that “the players that will be coming in are a combination of less heralded and less proven [than Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke]. But that doesn’t mean they won’t collectively play at the same level.” Uh… yeah, I guess we’ll see about that…
I missed this, but Jays Journal spotted somewhere that the Jays had picked up pitcher Mike Benacka of the independent American Association’s Laredo Lemurs. So… there’s that.
Three guys who write for Golfers West covered baseball long enough in a past life that they get to be held up as why Hall Of Fame voting– and the ludicrous PED moral grandstanding and insistence that their flawed observations trump statistical evidence that goes with it– is all fucked up in here.
Jim Bowden spoke to Jose Bautista on his radio show this afternoon, and tweeted some good news: the Jays slugger “told us his wrist is doing great & he is swinging at full strength w/o pain…said ready to go.”
That wasn’t the best Bautista-related tweet, though, as lastly we get this sweet burn:
— Jose Bautista(@JoeyBats19) January 4, 2013