At Yahoo! Sports, Tim Brown ranks the Jays the second best team in baseball, while Jon Morosi of Fox Sports would like to troll you with the fact that big spending doesn’t always work out, so… so what?
Oh, and hey, on a similar tilt, over at Baseball Prospectus, PECOTA is projecting the Jays to come in with 85 wins– good for fourth in the American League East, behind the Yankees, Red Sox and Tampa. Cue angry ranting, but… be honest. It could happen.
Of course, that’s not what a lot of folks who read Parkes’s Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday over at Getting Blanked late last week thought, as there was some comment outrage that he’d dare put together a series of entirely pertinent questions about the Jays’ roster heading into the season.
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at the worst transactions of the off-season. Guess which Jeffrey Loria fire sale comes out on top?
Via MLBTR, John Gibbons talks to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. “You’ve got to look at the Yankees,” he says when asked about who is the AL East favourite, “they have earned that respect. You have to expect the Red Sox will bounce back and look what the Orioles and Rays have done. They have the confidence going in. Until we can do something like that, something like what the other teams have done, it’s better just to shut up. But we do like our talent.”
Elsewhere at MLBTR, they have a 2014 free agent power rankings up, with Josh Johnson at third, behind Robinson Cano and Adam Wainwright, with Roy Halladay behind him in fifth.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star returns with his first massive Bullpen column of the season, featuring an essay on R.A. Dickey, a rant about Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse, a seriously fantastic story about his travels in the Great State of Texas (seriously: $1.50 Lone Star tallboys at the bar), and the recap of a chat he had with readers today, which maaaay have to be hijacked at some point, depending on how quick ol’ Zubes can come up with another round of balls-awesome Valentine’s cards.
Griff happened to be in Texas, you likely won’t be surprised to know, for a lengthy feature on John Gibbons, which showed up over the weekend at the Toronto Star. Definitely worth the read.
Get ready for it: pitchers and catchers report this week, so there will be a flood of Spring Training stuff that isn’t particularly distinguishable from itself, regardless of the source. Which isn’t to say that Gregor Chisholm isn’t doing the lord’s work, reporting from Dunedin on expectations as camp begins for BlueJays.com.
Meanwhile the Toronto Sun appears to want to blow its entire load of spring articles all in one shot, as Ken Fidlin touches on the health of pitchers Sergio Santos, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison, and the hope for a return to form from Ricky Romero. Fidlin also asks ten burning questions facing the Jays– which I’m sure certain Getting Blanked readers will be astonished he had the audacity to attempt.
Seriously? The Globe and Mail gets slide-showy, with a post that is titled “The Blue Jays get to work in Spring Training,” and features no text, just a bunch of pictures from Reuters. R.A. Dickey in a Jays batting practice cap, though.
Elsewhere in the Globe, Jeff Blair gets us looking to the spring with some actual words, at least.
The Tao Of Stieb wants us to embrace the boring when it comes to Spring Training. Boring, at least, means the roster is pretty damn set.
Blake Murphy of Bluebird Banter tries to gauge what a reasonable expectation for Jays attendance this year is.
Jays Journal takes a look at some of the outfield non-roster invitees who’ll be in camp with the Jays this spring.
From @metsblog, it’s what a Travis d’Arnaud Mets jersey looks like. But before you get all wistful, simmer the fuck down. We have R.A. Dickey.
A pair of gems from Jonah Keri at Grantland, as he sits down with Orioles GM Dan Duquette, and looks at the worst contracts in baseball– a list that still includes the Vernon Wells deal that Alex Anthopoulos mind-bogglingly got Tony Reagins to swallow.
Image via @cylerasmus, pheasant shoots.