“Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos has spoken of ‘a three-to-five-year period’ in which the team can seriously contend. And part of that thinking, according to a person familiar with the Blue Jays’ internal discussions, ties back into the Yankees’ apparent weakening, if not specifically their payroll slashing, as well as Boston’s last-place finish in 2012,” writes Ken Davidoff of the New York Post in a piece examining how clubs have handled an off-season that’s been quiet for the Yankees– though the Jays would insist that the payroll freeze in the Bronx has little to do with their sudden willingness to spend.
Over the weekend Jamie tweeted that the Jays have signed Adam Loewen to a minor league deal. No invite to the big league camp in Spring Training, even. Just a minor league deal. Update: The Jays have just made this official via a team release, however, and it turns out that there is an invite to camp.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star pretty much hits the nail on the head in picking out ten burning questions for the 2013 Jays.
No link, because it’s everywhere, and I forget where I first saw it, and there isn’t much to say beyond this: R.A. Dickey will pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Speaking of, Stacey May Fowles writes about what R.A. Dickey and his acquisition means, over at the Barnstormer. You can hear her talk about it tonight on The Kauffman Show on Montreal’s TSN 990, or… 690, or whatever they’re calling it these days.
Colby Rasmus is seen above trying his hand at curling during the Saskatoon portion of the Jays’ now-complete Winter Tour, which the National Post recaps for us, with extra-large curling photos. Elsewhere, Atta Almasi writes for BlueJays.com about the Edmonton leg, in which the players excitedly toured a military base.
Shane Jones also writes a piece for BlueJays.com, checking in on the winter tour in Edmonton– and specifically talking to ol’ Gibbers, who was there, about his reunion with the club.
Speaking of Gibbons, I had somehow missed, until Almasi’s article above, has quite the Canadian connection, having played his first Little League games in Goose Bay, Labrador, while his father was stationed there. Bob Elliot, of course, noted this a month ago over in the Toronto Sun, and Gibbons spoke about it on a CBC Radio interview after he re-joined the club.
At Getting Blanked, Drew wants to make the WBC a thing, explains how defence kinda matters, and notices Colby Rasmus rocking some winter boots, while Scott examines the market for Shaun Marcum, and points out how Andrew McCutchen is kinda the best.
Regarding the WBC, at whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner begs for some pitching help for team Canada.
If you’re into projections, which I’m mostly not– though I sure do post about them enough– Bluebird Banter looks at the rotations in the AL East and tries to figure out where they stand heading into 2013.
HELLO, KEVIN PILLAR! Jays Journal is counting down whoever the hell they think are the Jays’ best prospects, and the New Hampshire outfielder checks in at number 17.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs looks at Delmon Young, the superprospect he used to be, and… HOLY SHIT, HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT DELMON YOUNG IS YOUNGER THAN DAVID PRICE!??!??!?
At ESPN.com (Insider only), Jim Bowden lists the five moves of the off-season he thinks are most likely to backfire. None of the Jays’ moves make his list.
At FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver writes about the Hall of Fame vote and the trouble with the ten-name-per-ballot limit.
Lastly, human stereotype Murray Chass wrote some absolute godawful ridiculousness about why Tim Raines doesn’t deserve to get into the Hall of Fame because of his cocaine admission in the 80s (which I’m sure ol’ Murray also raged about in 2004, when he won the Spink award the same year that Paul Molitor was inducted, right???), but spares the piece from being absolute trash by revealing at long last that Raines has “his own special taint.” BAHAHAHA! Raines features in Twasn’t, Tweren’t and Neither Dick Nor Ass will be sure to follow.
Image via Twitter, fish being out of water.