The Daily Duce– all the latest must-read Jays links, fully Rob Ducey-fied…
The Knobler goes a-knoblin’ at CBS Sports, wondering if Ricky Romero is the next Dontrelle Willis.
At North Of The Border, Gregor Chisholm transcribes the conversation between Alex Anthopoulos and reporters after Ricky Romero was sent down. Meanwhile, at BlueJays.com, he writes about how glad the club is to have John Gibbons back in the saddle.
Elsewhere at MLB.com, Richard Justice previews the American League East, in which he– or at least his headline writer– says he expects the Jays to fly high. Get it?
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun talks to Pete Walker about the meeting with Ricky Romero this week, and how difficult a time the pitcher had swallowing the demotion he agreed was in order.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott looks at how ESPN’s analysts are expecting the AL East to shape up.
Back on Monday, via a Ken Rosenthal tweet, MLBTR noted that the Jays were among a number of teams interested in Chris Young, who became a free agent this week. FanGraphs points out that Young might actually be a decent pitcher.
MLBTR also notes, as you’ve probably already heard, that the Cubs have claimed Guillermo Moscoso, so so much for that bit of depth.
And elsewhere still at MLBTR, Mark DeRosa explains how he chose his agency.
In his latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin has a lengthy talk with Alex Anthopoulos, as well as a piece on Jose Reyes.
Speaking of the Star, if you like prose so purple it makes your fucking eyes bleed, Brendan Kennedy tweets that Rosie DiManno has an eBook coming out about the Jays this week. He vouches for it, explaining that “the stuff Rosie gets from AA on his jam-band days & how Edwin was lonely without Jose Bautista are reason enough to drop a loonie on it.”
The Globe and Mail compares the roster of the 2013 Jays to the 1993 Jays in some sort of slideshow thing. Canada’s newspaper of record!
Elsewhere in the Globe, Jeff Blair waxes on Ricky Romero, Tom Maloney profiles Steve Delabar, and he also talks to Justin Morneau, who warns about hockey’s old school mentality when it comes to concussions– something he understands pretty well. Maloney has a second Morneau piece, in which he talks about the WBC and how the first baseman has yet to speak with non-teammate, and “world citizen,” Russell Martin.
One more from the Globe, as Steve Ladurantaye looks at how Rogers finally figured out that spending money on the Jays’ payroll will not just help the team, but will increase potential ad revenues for Sportsnet as well. And hey, they figured it out just as they were getting cut out of MLB’s revenue sharing pie. Funny, that!
John Lott of the National Post speaks to Pete Walker about the Romero demotion, with the pitching coach admitting that the club was too late in trying to implement the mechanical changes last year’s Opening Day starter will continue working on in Dunedin as the rest of the team heads north.
Zachary Levine of Baseball Prospectus reviews the off-season, with an eye to the future cost of present improvement– and he kicks it off with a look (above the paywall) at the Jays’ moves.
Bluebird Banter looks at the Jays’ schedule for the month of April.
At Grantland, in the wake of this week’s Yankees trade, Jonah Keri provides us with some Vernon power rankings.
One of the “crazy” predictions for 2013 at Minor League Ball is that the Jays won’t have a rookie who produces more than 1 WAR this season, which… yeah, that’s not so crazy.
At gamereax, Chris Toman talks to Marcus Stroman, who will make the trip to Philadelphia with the Jays for their final two exhibition games of the spring, and is excited to be doing so.
Matt Brown of Blue Jays Way gives some quick thoughts on Ricky Romero’s demotion.
Blue Jays From Away chats about scouting in part one of an interview with BP’s Zach Mortimer, who provided some excellent notes on Jays prospects in the Aaron Sanchez post we had up yesterday.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe looks at the Jays and the hype surrounding them.
Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette dreams of the Expos reborn– a thought he didn’t think possible even a year ago– and imagines, even, how fantastic the AL East would look like with the Rays relocated to la métropole.
At Getting Blanked, Scott Lewis has a modest proposal for the reworking of Jonathan Sanchez’s strike zone. Meanwhile, Darren Kritzer looks at the suggestions that A.J. Burnett could retire after this season. Pete Puma, we hardly knew ye.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes an interesting one about the decline of booze culture in MLB clubhouses.
The Grid, aka Eye Magazine, talks to R.A. Dickey about… whatever it is the Grid would ask R.A. Dickey. Mostly his book, I think.
Lastly, at Fanatico, Parkes bids adieu to the retiring broadcaster Tim “five letter word” McCarver.