Leading off, as always (or usual), it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– which for the duration of the season will be coming at you daily! We’re not double posting this year, but I’ll be sure to include the link in the first Daily Duce or Game Threat that follows the post going up over at Getting Blanked. Otherwise, you can find the podcast at Getting Blanked on iTunes, get it via the RSS feed we have setup, or like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed (if we bother to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.
MLBTR has the details on Chien-Ming Wang’s accepting of his outright assignment to Buffalo.
At ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney suggests that the Jays will be one of the suitors should the Phillies consider moving second baseman Chase Utley, which… obviously. Assuming the Jays don’t tailspin their way into “sell” mode, of course. Shit, someone tell Ruben Amaro what a great run producer and RBI man J.P. Arencibia is!
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet pivots off Olney’s report and looks at what Utley could bring, and what his no-trade clause says.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports thinks that it’s already clear that being buyers would be a mistake for the Jays– that is, if their sole focus is the 2013 playoffs. “Anthopoulos doesn’t need to trade stars such as Reyes or Bautista or Dickey, but the supporting cast must change — if not this month, then at some point before the start of next season,” he says, which… is easy to argue on the surface, though I still think it’s too early to say that this will never work, as opposed to it having simply not worked to this point. (No, really.)
Josh Johnson “doesn’t seem to trust himself to throw all his pitches to all batters in all locations,” writes Dirk Hayhurst at Sportsnet, seeming to get to the nut of the issue. “Not every pitcher can do this, of course, but when you add it all up—a big pitcher who doesn’t come in the zone, doesn’t announce his presence inside, throws his out pitch early and often and in specific areas—the result is much like what Jays fans have seen so far.”
The Tao Of Stieb nails it with some P.R. advice for J.P. Arencibia.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun says that J.P. Arencibia needs to stop being so immature.
Meanwhile, John Lott of the National Post nails it in his summary of the Arencibia ridiculousness.
At Gamereax, Chris Toman insists, rightly, that the Jays need insurance for their unpredictable rotation, and suggests some solutions, both short- and long-term.
Richard Griffin has a new mail bag up over at the Toronto Star, so… I know what I’ll be avoiding hijacking all weekend!
David Laurila of FanGraphs made the most of his time around the Jays recently, apparently, as he checks in with another Jays-related piece– albeit one that is less so than others linked here– as he speaks to Pat Tabler about his time in Cleveland during the 80s.