Michael Beller of Sports Illustrated writes about R.A. Dickey from a fantasy perspective, wondering if the Jays’ new ace will falter now that he’s moving to the AL East– and deciding that he’s still bullish, ranking him 13th on his board, ahead of Lee, Wainwright, Bumgarner, Halladay and Greinke. Hope he’s right!
“WAR isn’t perfect. WAR is fun and quick and easy. It has weaknesses and it has strengths,” writes Drew, nailing it over at Getting Blanked in a WAR-related piece that looks at Brett Lawrie.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star weighs in on the Miami New Times story, noting that Melky Cabrera can’t be punished for what’s in the sloppy documentation obtained from the Biogenesis lab, because he’s already been suspended for using during the time period in question.
Elsewhere, Griffin ranks the rotations in the American League, placing the Jays third behind the Tigers and Rays– which I’m sure some of you will argue with, given the moving of James Shield to Kansas City.
Still with the Star, R.A. Dickey sure likes talkin’– but today it’s for a good cause, as he was on a conference call with reporters regarding his work with Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization that rescues girls from human trafficking. You can see the recap of the Star’s live blog of the talk, and they also have a more newspaper-y recap from Brendan Kennedy.
Dirk Hayhurst’s latest book is out in eBook form! The link isn’t working for me– nor is his site at the moment– but you can try them here via Hardball Talk. FYI, though, I’m pretty sure this one is Rays-related, not the Jays-related book we’ve been hearing is in the works. Don’t quote me on that, though.
Bluebird Banter‘s prospect of the week this week is Marcus Stroman, so there’s all kinds of info on him in there.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers takes a crack at answering the set of questions posed-to-himself by Scott Ferguson of TSN.ca, which he figures are “as good as any set of questions about the Jays” that you could come up with, heading into 2013. The Canuckler pulled the same trick, and if there aren’t any further explosive drug stories coming this week, you might see one from me in the near future as well.
Elsewhere still, Blake Murphy tries to figure out what to make of Colby Rasmus.
The Blue Jay Hunter wonders whether Shaun Marcum was the mystery player with clubhouse issues who Brian Burke said Alex Anthopoulos had asked him about– openly discounting the 18 month timeline that makes it look more like Jason Frasor. Hill was said to be part of the “clubhouse mutiny” on Cito Gaston, so I’m not so sure I’d be as quick to feel positive that it couldn’t have possibly been him. On the other hand… whatever.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes about how MLB may take issue with the Dodgers’ new cable TV deal. Hmmm.
At FanGraphs, Marc Hulet looks at the top Marlins prospects for 2013, including some familiar names slotting in at numbers four through six– Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, and Adeiny Hechavarria. “None of his pitches currently project to be a swing-and-miss out-pitch at the big league level,” we’re told of Nicolino, who is looked at as a number three starter down the road. Hmmm. Switch him with Syndergaard in the Jays’ two big trades this winter and things feel quite a bit better, don’t they?
And elsewhere at FanGraphs, Paul Swydan looks at this week’s quintessential Rays pickup: Kelly Johnson.
Lastly, sucks for the Bills, but probably not a massive worry for the Jays’ efforts to get grass: according to Sportsnet, the Bills Toronto Series has been extended through 2017, so… if you want to see football in a horribly tepid environment in this city, apparently you still won’t have to turn to the Argos. And because the regular season games will happen after the conclusion of the baseball season, the Jays could theoretically have their grass field out of there (as they may be considering– with the idea being to re-sod it each March), or have it able to sustain the wear and tear of the football game. Unfortunately, however, the deal also has a preseason game landing here in 2015, making it a little bit harder to see a grass field in place by then.