Not to steal any thunder from an upcoming Griff Bag, but the Jays have announced some minor schedule changes, including moving a Wednesday afternoon game against the Rays on May 22nd from a 7 PM start to 4:37 PM. Odd, to say the least. But I sure as fuck am all for it– as would be most people working downtown looking to cut work early, catch a game, and still be home before nine.
Keith Law is not a fan of LDRSHPPPPPP, as following a tweet about Sam Dyson being “seldom healthy and not that good when he is,” and another about Mark DeRosa filling “that critical DL hole” for the Jays, by explaining, “To tie those two together, I would rather have Sam Dyson’s tattered arm on the 40-man than Mark Derosa’s veteran presents.”
Wait, did Mark DeRosa sign? Well then I guess that would explain why we’re now seeing pieces on it from John Lott of the Post, Brendan Kennedy of the Star, and Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com. And surely more to come any second.
DickeyTheBest: Dave Brown of Big League Stew fills us in on the Jays’ new ace’s trip to India, which he embarks on tomorrow. He’ll be working with Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking.
Sports Illustrated is giving out winter grades for all the clubs in the majors– with extensive write-ups for each. Shocker: the Jays get an A.
And how about a look at the competition, prospect-wise, as Marc Hulet of FanGraphs looks at the top 15 for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Back on January 10th, Gideon Turk of Blue Jays Plus narrowed down 25th-man candidates for the Jays to acquire to just one name… Mark DeRosa. Impressive.
April Whitzman of Jays Prospects catches up with newly converted pitching prospect, former shortstop– and first round pick– Justin Jackson.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at ex-Jay Adeiny Hechavarria as a preview of what’s going to be in his upcoming prospect guide. Sickels also goes way back for a prospect retrospective on a guy who should be everybody’s favourite– with a big Canadian connection– Pedro Martinez.
Wendy Thurm of FanGraphs writes about MLB’s blackout policy, which is currently under attack in US courts. Meanwhile, her colleague Dave Cameron looks at the Phillies’ signing of Delmon Young– who many Jays fans looked at as a possible platoon partner for Adam Lind. Glad you didn’t, Alex.
At Getting Blanked, Drew passes along the fact that Jose Bautista will be on the cover of the Canadian version of this year’s MLB: The Show. As if there was any doubt.
Lastly, Matthew Pouliot does some Hardball Talkin’, looking at reports that Cuban shorstop (or perhaps second baseman!) Alexander Guererro has defected, and may be on his way to the States– and probably quickly to the Majors, as the 26-year-old is one of the country’s very best hitters. I know he’s no Mark DeRosa, but if he can play second, with apologies to Ryan Goins, the Jays sure could use a guy like that, couldn’t they?
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