Jays pitchers and catchers report exactly four weeks from today…
Jon Morosi tweets that J.P. Arencibia is on the roster of Team USA for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. I suppose that could possibly change, though it sounds pretty official by the way that Drew’s talking about it at Getting Blanked, including the fact that J.P. has excitedly tweeted the news. Drew adds a big ol’ roundup of all things WBC, including the fact that Morosi adds that pitch counts for the WBC are changing this year, down to 65 in round one, 80 in the second round, and 95 in the semis and finals.
Elsewhere over at Getting Blanked, Drew examines ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule, and their promotion of John Kruk (ugh) to Terry Francona’s vacated seat in the broadcast booth alongside Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser. The Jays won’t be featured in any of the games, as usual, this year, but before you go off ranting about the perceived slight, please keep in mind that ESPN would be pissing away a huge chunk of their audience by making one of the home teams a club that plays in a country that doesn’t get ESPN. So… I’m pretty sure it wasn’t ever happening.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports looks at the rise in payroll across MLB. For the first time, players will be paid over $3-billion in total, even though fourteen clubs currently stand to have their payroll lower in 2013 than it was in 2012. The Dodgers, of course, have the biggest increase, of course, but the Jays are close behind, with those cheap fucks at Rogers sending payroll up by $40-million, or 52%.
Of course, this payroll stuff isn’t all just blowjobs and cotton candy– Scott Boras isn’t happy, as he sees revenue growth outstripping the rate that payrolls are going up. Wendy Thurm of FanGraphs digs into it to see if the uber-agent is right.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star digs into what the Jays bullpen is shaping up to look like– minus whatever other reliever they may still (hopefully) add.
MLBTR passes along word from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that the Diamondbacks are looking to extend Aaron Hill. Uh… good luck with that.
Anthony Alford mess alert!: Charlie Caskey of Jays Journal looks at where the players selected in the upper rounds of the 2012 stand.
Matt Brown of Blue Jays Way checks in with part three of his look at just how good the Jays might be in 2013.
Sportsnet has a brief ad up for this Thursday’s John Gibbons-Stephen Brunt spectacular: Up Close: The John Gibbons Story. Sure, why not?
John Farrell talks to MLB.com about the Red Sox long, strange trip when it comes to the in-process deal with Mike Napoli, and… man, it sure is a whole lot nicer to read Farrellspeak when you’re not trying to convince yourself there’s still hope for him, huh?
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post awesomely defines the AL East clubs as Robert DeNiro characters.
At Fox Sports, Jon Morosi wonders is the Orioles and Tigers could hook up on a Rick Porcello for Jim Johnson deal. Ha! Do it!
John Rocker: still an idiot.
Carson Cistuli of FanGraphs takes a look at Canadia’s provisional WBC roster in today’s Daily Notes.
At SB Nation, Rob Neyer destroys it when it comes to Jack Morris, the Hall of Fame, THE INTERNET, and the Tea Party.
Lastly, Getting Blanked goes all The Atlantic on us, posting some “sponsored content.” And it’s amazing.