In a few hours I’ll be hopping in a car bound for warmer climes, so here are some loose ends worth tidying up before a special road-trip-day post I’ve got scheduled for tomorrow…
OK, it definitely feels like spring now, as the annual media ritual is in full swing:
- John Lott, Rosie DiManno, Ken Fidlin, Gregor Chisholm, and Neil Davidson have the goods on R.A. Dickey.
- John Lott and Ken Fidlin look at the Jays’ Caribbean flavour.
- Gregor Chisholm, Ken Fidlin, John Lott, Jeff Blair and Mark Zwolinski write about Emilio Bonifacio, Maicer Izturis and the battle for second base.
- Shi Davidi has something about Melky Cabrera, while Steve Buffery offers some red meat on the subject for Toronto Sun readers.
- John Lott and Ken Fidlin tell us about Jose Reyes and Jeffrey Loria.
- Jeff Blair and Rosie DiManno look at Jose Bautista, expectations, and clubhouse stuff.
- Shi Davidi is in that area too, minus Jose.
- Ken Fidlin, Gregor Chisholm (twice), Mark Zwolinski and John Lott listen as Adam Lind throws John Farrell under the bus.
- Lott’s Lind piece also touches on Colby Rasmus, who is also the subject of a Neil Davidson post.
- And all of those Lind and Rasmus pieces have a a common thread in new hitting coach Chad Mottola, who also is written about by Shi Davidi and Gregor Chisholm.
- A CP article via the Globe tells of the injury to David Cooper that will keep him out of Spring Training, while Gregor Chisholm tells it in a notebook post that also has more spring enthusiasm, and a response from Alex Anthopoulos to Adam Lind’s comments about last year’s coaching staff.
In less duplicated pieces, we also have Danny Knobler of CBS Sports telling us what he likes and dislikes about the Jays as currently constituted, Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun talking to Alex Anthopoulos about his club’s transformation over the winter, MLBTR passes along a Bob Elliott tweet suggesting the Jays are looking at infield depth in the shape of Muenori Kawasaki, Andrew Keh of the New York Times telling us, in the Globe and Mail, about new Mets prospect Travis d’Arnaud, and two other fantastic Globe pieces: Sean Fine on the relationship between Alex Anthopoulos and Paul Beeston, and Steve Ladurantaye on departing Rogers honcho Nadir Mohamed, who Paul
So, what jumps out among all this? Well… in no particular order… AA’s response to Lind is pretty interesting.
The DH with the .296 on-base over his last 1500 plate appearances tried, essentially, to pin last year’s issues on John Farrell, claiming that he was hearing something different from the manager (patience, selectivity) than what the hitting coach was telling him (find your pitch and attack it), and because it was Farrell filling out the lineup card, ol’ Linder got all twisted up about who to listen to. ”I like Adam a lot, but I don’t necessarily entirely agree,” Anthopoulos said, according to Gregor. “The organization wanted him to be more selective. That’s on me as well. I told Adam, ‘You have an on-base percentage below .300 two years in a row.’ … Murph will tell you, when you get a pitch to hit, a strike, you swing and you attack it and you look for that pitch, and if you don’t get it, obviously at that point you lay off. That’s where your walks will come from. … Saying John preached patience and so on — I did, too.”
In the Fidlin piece about the club’s transformative winter, Anthopoulos offers a somewhat different timeline of events than we’d been considering last week, which revolved around Jake Peavy. “We had determined to go out and try to get a couple of free agents. Before the GM meetings, I went out and spent two days with a free agent and we were going to try to be aggressive to get somebody on the board early. But we had a very specific target, especially in the rotation, that had to be addressed. We got the sense from that meeting it was probably going to take a little time, maybe into December, maybe into January,” Anthopoulos explained. “As I’ve learned from past experience, you can never be certain about getting free agents. So we were going to zig and then we zagged.”
Other than that, the Cooper thing sucks for him, especially with Adam Lind still trying to talk his way out of town, or whatever it is he’s doing– and his back not being the most stable thing in the universe, either. Gregor has some words of wisdom, though:
Folks, I kindly ask the suggestions of signing Thome stop ~ He’d never play for Buffalo and there’s no room on 25-man roster. Not happening.
— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) February 18, 2013
Beyond that… uh… DickeyTheBest, pretty much.