Could another reliever still be in the cards? It doesn’t seem like it at this point, but according to a piece from Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLBTR, Alex Anthopoulos said of Brandon Lyon: “I don’t want to ever close the door on him, since he did a great job for us.”
Oh, and was Jose Reyes in town yesterday? Makes sense, because we’ve got pieces on him from Mike Wilner and Shi Davidi of Sportsnet– the latter of whom does some theorizing about the already-infamous megadeal that fell through– plus Benny Fresh of MLBTR, Brendan Kennedy of the Star, Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, Robert MacLeod of the Globe, Ken Fidlin of the Sun, and, of course, John Lott of the Post.
In another piece at the National Post, Lott talks about the return of Darren Oliver, and its implications on the competition for the last spots in the bullpen.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun talks about AA’s insistence on being the bad guy, if he had to, after the club made the decision to keep Jose Bautista and his healing wrist out of the WBC. And… think about it. So much depends on that wrist that, if it’s going to get re-injured or something, it damn well better be on the Jays’ watch. Sucks for Jose, though.
Speaking of the WBC, for those of you thinking of attending some spring games in Dunedin, Mike Wilner tweets that he figures the involved players will be leaving camp around March first or second in order to join their countrymen– so keep that in mind.
Matt Klaassen does some deep thinking on all this over at FanGraphs.
The Jays also avoided them some arbitration today. So far– according to my RSS reader– Brendan Kennedy’s got it in the Star, Gregor’s on top of things at BlueJays.com, they’re included in the league-wide note, as well as a separate piece on the Thole extension at MLBTR, and Robert MacLeod crushes it at the Globe.
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus writes about a trip to the Dominican to see an MLB-organized amateur player showcase.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs considers Livan Hernandez and umpire Eric Gregg in the 1997 World Series and… yikes. That’s a hell of a strike zone.
Lastly, Getting Blanked stuff: Drew wonders why Baltimore felt the need to extend Buck Showalter for so long and giddily announces the White Sox’ 1983 throwbacks, Scott looks at the sudden possibility that Travis d’Arnaud opens the season in the Majors for the Mets, and Parkes provides his Ten Stray Thoughts on a Friday.
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