Something that I just can’t bear to allow to slip through the crack around here is a piece from the Boston Globe last week, wherein Nick Cafardo tried to caveat his way out of looking too terribly ridiculous while indulging in some Jays-related insanity as part of his winners and losers column as the season reached the one-quarter mark.
Did he fail? And how!
In an “Updates On 9″ section, which if you’re familiar with Cafardo’s work, you’ll know he often concludes columns with, he leads off with a note– if you want to call it that– on Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista.
1. Jose Bautista, RF, Blue Jays — File this under “way too early” because who knows if the Jays will get back in the race. But teams like Texas are already looking at a potential power bat for the second half of the season, and Bautista and fellow Toronto basher Edwin Encarnacion certainly fit the mold. The Jays certainly don’t want to give up on what they started, but at some point, do they try to get the most for these guys?
We mentioned this on a podcast last week, but it’s certainly worth repeating: “way too early” caveat or not, this is a giant steaming load.
The Jays– the Toronto Blue Jays– who in 2014 will have starters R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow, Mark Buehrle and J.A. Happ under contract, with Drew Hutchison, Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, Marcus Stroman, and eventually even Aaron Sanchez knocking at the door; who have core position players Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Lawrie in place, in addition to the aforementioned Bautista and Encarnacion… are going start dismantling things at the 2013 trade deadline?
Uh… bad start or not, in what universe???!?
Yes, the status quo still would leave the Jays with “holes” at DH, at second, in centre field, and behind the plate. But… am I missing something here? Because it’s not like they won’t also still have Colby Rasmus, Anthony Gose, Emilio Bonifacio, Maicer Izturis and J.P. Arencibia under contract if they are unable to find upgrades. Plus, astoundingly, by the time 2014 rolls around, picking up Adam Lind’s last option may actually not seem completely nuts.
I know a lot of people want to take the hopelessly easy route of looking at the record and concluding that this team, as constituted, doesn’t work, but the 10-17 April has become a 12-13 May, so far, with the appearance of better things on the horizon. No, they may not be able to get themselves back into the race this year, but how does that possibly mean that, with a fresh start and some tinkering, this won’t still be a very strong club come next year? The Boston media empowering this dumbfuckery is pretty rich.
But OK. Sure, Massholes (or Texas Rangers fans, I guess). Be my guest and start getting all excited that you might trade for Bautista or Encarnacion come July. That’s not a colossal waste of fucking brain power at all.