Sloooooow time of the year, huh? Here’s what’s what…
Over at Getting Blanked, Craig Robinson’s fortnightly infographic is entirely Jays-related this week, as he looks at the club’s draft history from 1996 to 2005. Awesome stuff– as you can maybe tell from the sneak peak above. Or maybe not. All the more reason to go check it out, no?
Shi Davidi writes at Sportsnet that he figures Henry Blanco is the favourite to go into the season as the Jays’ backup catcher, with Josh Thole, and his $1.2-million arbitration projection, being optioned to Buffalo– saving the club some money to splash on another reliever.
Regarding Blanco, at Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers writes that he hates the idea. I’m not necessarily of that opinion, so… maybe this will actually give me something to write about this afternoon.
As for a reliever, indeed, Ken Rosenthal reiterates what we were hearing yesterday: that the Jays are among the club’s still looking for a late-inning.
Something the Jays almost certainly won’t be interested in, despite the Adam Lind Situation (the Adam Lind Situation being, of course, the fact that Adam Lind is still slated to take regular-ish at bats for this damn team), is Manny Ramirez. Jon Heyman tweets that he’s still hoping for a comeback.
Another Heyman tweet says that the Red Sox/Mike Napoli mess is slowly coming to a conclusion, and that another AL team or two are still in on the catcher-ish first baseman with the wonky hip.
Speaking of the Red Sox, it sounds like Terry Francona’s book is going to be hilarious. The Toronto Sun, among many others, has the excerpt that’s been released… where Francona recalls Sox ownership talking about the club’s need for sexier players. Hahahahaha!
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott has a large feature on John Gibbons. Definitely worth the read, though it also has a lot of talk about the relative lack of success of managers coming back for their second go-round with a club, which, y’know, is pretty meaningless in giving us any sort of idea of what to expect from the second Gibbers era, interesting as it might be.
Mike Baumann of MLB.com predicts a Jays-Nationals World Series… or… actually it’s not a prediction, he says, just an outcome possible enough to look into? I don’t know…
Speaking of the Nationals, yeah… uh… they’re pretty seriously terrific. In today’s URL Weaver at Getting Blanked, Drew looks at their just why that is. Hint: young talent.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Drew wonders if maybe defence doesn’t matter.
Prospect Dan Norris is rocking some full-on Jesus beard on Instagram.
The Blue Jay Hunter wonders about the possibility of Josh Johnson signing an extension with the Jays, and like a lot of people doesn’t see how they could do it, sight unseen. I get that, but it’s not exactly going to be easy for either side to figure on what sort of timing best suits their end of the mutual risk equation. Dustin McGowan signed an extension at the end of camp last year, and even though we’re talking a whole lot more money with Johnson, I still wouldn’t rule out the possibility. Then again, is the rotation that much worse in 2014 with someone like Drew Hutchison in Johnson’s place? (Yes, probably).
Lastly, I’m a little weird with prospecting via the internet that doesn’t credit any source material– not that I’m not a little guilty of this myself sometimes– but there are a couple Roberto Osuna videos in a post about him at Bluebird Banter, and… so… sure. Check it out.