Still weird.

At 3:35 PM ET, the Jays send R.A. Dickey to the hill in Oakland to take on Bartolo Colon and the A’s in a battle of 78 combined years of pitching guile. Also: hugs. Which I bring up, of course, because at 4:00 PM ET, while the Jays and A’s are on the field, the trade deadline will pass– and no matter what Shi Davidi says, I still believe there’s a chance we’re in for some dugout hugs. It’s all about posturing, right? Right??? Something’s totally going to happen, right? Right???

Keep refreshing for updates and/or the sound of crickets! After the jump!

4:55 PM: Final thought: like I was saying back at 4:06, I suspect that, much as the Jays have done with draft picks, their lack of activity is all about not setting a bad precedent in terms of how they valued the players being asked about– and they certainly weren’t alone in this. It may seem counterproductive now to be holding on to free-agents-to-be like Darren Oliver and Rajai Davis, but ditching them for nothing as salary relief is irrelevant because they’re already in the 2013 budget, and taking a total flyer on a sub-fringe prospect… I can understand why the club didn’t– why very few, if any, clubs did. You don’t want the reputation as a pushover who is going to be bullied into taking absolutely nothing after asking for the moon. But it’s not just the precedent stuff, it’s also because, as Anthopoulos says, the market was very soft for some guys, especially left-handed expiring contract relievers, and besides, they still could be made available in August.

Also, frankly, my understanding is that the guys in the clubhouse look at where the Rays and the Dodgers were a month ago, still believing they’re capable of doing something similarly miraculous. No, really! The Rays were a game over .500 on June 18th and now are twenty above, the Dodgers were 12 games below on June 21st, and 9.5 games behind in a division they now lead by 3.5. I’m not saying we should be looking at those as reasons why the Jays aren’t as fucked as we’ve been suggesting around here since they took a giant dump coming out of the All-Star break, it’s just… don’t tell that to the players. And while I don’t think it’s ought to be much of a consideration, I can understand Anthopoulos not wanting to give away for nothing these guys who’ll help keep the team in the race the players think they’re in, too.

There’s no reason for hand-wringing here, because there’s no reason to believe that the guys being offered to him for the expiring contract guys were total shit. Besides, if this is anything like last year, a lot of groundwork was laid for deals that will be made in the winter– and at least Anthopoulos admits he’s going to need them. And… I mean… they can’t work out any worse, right?

Hey, and maybe time to move the trade deadline back a little, eh?

4:30 PM: Aaaaaand Bautista airmails a throw to third after a single, Lawrie misses it, and backing up at third is, of course, no one. 1-0 Athletics.

4:29 PM: You didn’t really expect me to keep writing about the game, did you? Still at zeros. Brett Lawrie dropped a pop-up in foul territory, and now– presumably as to not incur the Wrath Of Zaun, a la Moises Sierra– has his sunglasses on. He didn’t before. Also there was some smallball bullshit that– shock– didn’t lead to any runs. Jose Reyes bunted for a hit like a boss, though. Currently one on, two out, bottom of the third.

4:25 PM: Brendan Kennedy has the explanation from Anthopoulos via Twitter:

4:14 PM:

4:11 PM: Joel Sherman tweets that the Jays attempted to deal Oliver and Bonifacio, but that they couldn’t find a match. Possible that those guys can get moved in August, I suppose.

4:09 PM: Buuuuut it looks like whatever deal happened didn’t involve the Jays. Gregor Chisholm tweets that the club has stood pat, and that Alex Anthopoulos will hold a conference call shortly. I used to get the emails to join those, now that I think of it. Might have been handy.

4:07 PM: Hello! Jayson Stark tweets that at least one deal went down before the deadline. Didn’t see movement from the Jays, so I doubt it’s them, but it’s at least a reason to not quite put an end to this thing just yet…

4:06 PM: The Rasmus double is stranded, and… yeah… nothing going on. I’m sure there will be hand-wringing about Anthopoulos not being able to move at least Davis and Oliver, but like I said… at some point today, it’s not like teams should be expected to just hand contenders key pieces for nothing. Not a precedent they want to set. And it’s not just the Jays, either– though we know from their record signing draft picks that they don’t cave shit like that.

4:00 PM: According to Barry Davis’s clock the deadline has passed and the Jays have done nothing. Hard to say for certain, though, as it’s probably a really tiny clock. HEYO!

3:59 PM: At least the Jays aren’t alone in this. Absolutely nothing going on anywhere, from what the Twitter tells me. Odd.

3:58 PM: Not seeing movement in the dugout for the Jays. Looks like nothing is genuinely happening. Maybe Oliver gets through waivers and can be dealt in August. Maybe Davis, too. Hard to see why a contending club wouldn’t put in a claim though. Hmm…

3:56 PM: Clock is ticking and nobody seems to be doing anything here. Collusion, I say!

3:55 PM: Trolololopagewhore just wants to remind you that Giancarlo Stanton exists and isn’t being traded. Thanks, big guy. Also: Rasmus double, because that man wants to get paid.

3:54 PM: Trolololosi says the Rangers are still quite active, and they could be a fit for… I dunno… Rajai Davis? Adam Lind? Darren Oliver? Oliver certainly would be alright with that. But, of course, hilariously, like thirty seconds later Tim Brown of Yahoo! tweets that the Rangers think they’re done. Also of note: the Rays’ Matt Moore to the DL with elbow soreness, an score or baserunners as yet with Colon working in the second in Oakland. No #Hugs either.

3:49 PM: Dickey allows a single and nothing more. No late changes to the lineup and no sign of a #HugAlert from the field in Oakland. Eleven-ish minutes to go. Riveting stuff, ain’t it?

3:47 PM: The Knobler says it’s a draft pick (novel fucking idea letting teams trade those, MLB) and a PTBNL for Norris, in addition to Hoes. As if you seriously care. Also apparently the Red Sox are done– or at least saying they are. The Tigers, Jim Bowden tweets, are not getting Javier Lopez from the Giants, so maybe there’s still something to be had with the Jays for their bullpen? Is this really what we’re anticipating? Fuck me. Also: Dickey’s Dickeying– in the good way, so far. Still no score at

3:43 PM: Edwin belts one, but it’s Oakland, so there’s plenty of room in centre. End of the first. Lots of talk about Hoes on the Twitter, which… take a guess if lazy sportswriters can help themselves from making a joke or three thousand. Apparently there’s haggling over Hoes, which… yeah. That’ll happen. (Note: like I’m fucking not a lazy sportswriter who can’t help himself with those jokes, too).

3:40 PM: Looks like a nice day in northern California– shocker there– and the Jays have a runner on second with two outs after the maligned Maicer Izturis singled to right and then was fielder’s choice’d to second by Jose Bautista. Maicer really has been pretty good for the last six weeks or so, and I don’t hate him hitting second as much as I should.

3:36 PM: Oh, and apparently the Orioles have landed the highly coveted Bud Norris from Houston. L.J. Hoes winds up in a different area code, and according to a Kenny Ken Ken tweet, there’s another piece going, too.

3:35 PM: Apparently it’s minor league pitcher Kyle Smith going to Houston for Justin Maxwell, which… I completely don’t care either, but I can only write “crickets” so many times, and I think I’m going to need to save some bullets here, as we head into NHL territory, as far as boring trade deadlines go. Prove me wrong, kids. Prove me wrong.

3:30 PM: I’m sure someone’s going to turn one of the office TVs to Sportsnet any second now, right? Also: apparently the Orioles are making progress on getting Bud Norris, so… that’s kinda hilarious.

3:22 PM: Holy fuck, let me assure you, this post is as boring for me right now as it is for you. At least the game is about 15 minutes away, but until then… cripes. Let’s hope something heats up– not just for the sake of it, of course, but… uh… kinda for the sake of it.

3:15 PM: Crickets.

3:10 PM: Jon Heyman says that the Pirates tried to get Mark Trumbo from the Angels. Hey, at least somebody’s trying something here.

3:00 PM: Do you smell that? I smell crickets. Er… well, unless, for some reason, you count the Royals getting Justin Maxwell from the Astros as anything.

Comments (231)

  1. why the hell is Izzy running? the guy can’t steal for shit . . . dont even know how he got 17 last year

    0 SB’s, caught 5 times

  2. Was thinking the whole time “dont hit into a DP”….I guess they technically didnt fuck over my hopes there.

  3. Looks like Dicker pitched a fuckin beaut and the ol Jays D did their best to try n get em a L. Although I had high hopes for Dickey in this ballpark, as long as its not the RC….hes got a chance

  4. I like this team when Rasmus and Lawrie are hitting. Gives me hope for next year. Yes I know…..captain obvious……

    • Especially along with a healthy Reyes, EE and Bautista; it’s the starting pitching that scares the shit out of me. on a side note, anyone else notice that Henderson Alvarez pitched for the Marlins and he has an ERA of 2.64? I know it’s SSS, but what the fuck! They also have Hechavarria and Marisnick in their lineup. The ghosts of Jays’ prospects past

  5. Dickey would look pretty good in the AL West ( well except for the odd start in Texas).

  6. Of course Oakland has a guy named Doolittle in the pen.

  7. Doolittle is pretty good for a guy who was a position player just a short time ago. I wonder if they ever think of moving Gose to the mound?

  8. I kind of love the music guy at Oakland.

  9. Steve mother fuckin Delabar

  10. The bottom of our batting order is getting better; now the only ‘fuck me, no!” is Thole

  11. Only cuz Izzy is batting 2nd n Boney is riding pine though. And cuz Tholes position is JPs

  12. I’ve listened to Metal for 30 years. What the fuck are those people doing???

  13. The girl in the ‘TD change’ commercial reminds me of AA during his first few years.

  14. The guy in the Michelin Man commercial reminds me of AA now……..

  15. Aaahahahs what a PB indeed

  16. Nice bunting there Izzy, you fucking sack of shit

  17. I’ve had enough of the Izzy batting second experiment.

  18. Joey fuckin Bays.

    Anyone else notice this Chavez clown looks exactly like our Izturis clown?

  19. Nice at bat. Frankly , I have no memory of watching Chavez pitch for the Jays. I must be getting old.

  20. So who pitches the bottom of the inning?


    • It doesn’t matter. The Jays will lose regardless. They’ve already used Janssen and only he has the magical closer mentality on this team.

  21. The moonshine will be flowing tonight…

  22. Izturis isn’t that bad. What, did all the Izturis haters show up tonight?

  23. Clete you sweet bastard, NEVER change!

    Uncle Jed approves too

  24. Cletus rules! I hope he stays a Jay.

  25. Cecil, I’m scared.

  26. Cecil has looked like a bag of shit since the All-Star nod…

  27. Nice win, despite the errors

  28. If O’s take the 2nd wild card at only games over .500 gonna be pretty shitty. Jays could have easily been 10 over .500 this year.

  29. for all you fookin negative, critical boners, how about this:

    if someone had told you in april that at the trade deadline the Jays would be within a couple of games of the Nats .. and would you be buyers or sellers …

    or even if someone had told you in the 6th that Jays would win by 3 runs today …

    Baseball is not even close to rational, so I don’t get why people get so bent out of shape by the hilarious sight of BL falling over RAD, acting as if the viewer is embarrassed by such an event …

    For all the misfortune this year, the team is way more entertaining than for a long time.

  30. @BFullmer_Fan: How about those winning baseball instincts? Colby Rasmus is now 2nd among AL outfielders in WAR in 2013, behind only Mike Trout.

  31. Only 9 games back of the wildcard.

    • Still a looonnngg way off. But if they have a good august they could potentially be 4 or 5 games out by the time september rolls around. Big if obviously. Still would need more than a miracle to make it this year but could make it somewhat interesting at least.

      • A nice little run would make the remainder of the season very enjoyable. I gambled and backloaded my flexpack with 4 games in September. It would be a hell of a lot of fun if the Jays were within shouting distance of a playoff spot. Here’s hoping anyway.

        • @gsmc.

          I made the same bet.

          I have tickets to the finale against the Rays, Yankees in late August & Red Sox on August 13th for my wife’s birthday.. I was hoping for a playoff run but it didn’t work out.

          I will renew my flexpack for 2014

      • @afdg


        I do think the Jays have a shot at finishing above 500 this year.

        I look forward to the Jays being spoilers in September.

        The defense today was abysmal but they won the game despite that.

        I have tickets for 3 more games , so I just want to sit back & enjoy some good baseball.

        I am happy for Colby & hope AA gives him an extension.

        i suspect AA wants another shot at playoffs in 2014 & will see if he can upgrade Catcher, LF & 2B in the offseason.

        AA can choose between Lind & Melky for DH in 2014.

    • 8.5 now. Astros are slaughtering the O’s. Cleveland wins tonight and they are tied for the 2nd wildcard with Baltimore

      I still think the Jays have a chance to nab that 2nd wild card so long as the teams they need to catch are not more than 10 games over .500, but of course, it’s still a huge stretch and would require a small miracle.

      But, Cleveland and KC didn’t do much to strengthen their teams. Baltimore got a decent pitcher in Norris but like Feldman, I dont see him adding a ton more WAR. If Davis and some other O’s continue to struggle offensively, there’s a very real possibility that Baltimore could hover around the 8-10 games over .500 mark.

      Jays have shown they can go 17-9 in a month before and that was against all .500 clubs other than the White Sox, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility they could repeat that in August and September. Still gonna be a miracle but not like the talent isnt there.

  32. Dickey gave up zero earned runs today.

    On another note, the Jays defense seems to be awful this year.

    • +1.

      The defense was horrible tofay. Lawrie with no sunglasses .

      Dickey colliding wih Lawrie was sad.

  33. In a way I like that no one was moved. Fix it yourselves boys, .500 or bust.

  34. Dustin McGowan to the DL, Santos back up

  35. Stroman now has 24 k’s in his last 13.1 innings with 4 walks and 3 ER

    he k’s 13 last 6.2/3


    • He’s also given up 10 HR in 76 innings (which is a lot). Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good prospect, but a flyball pitcher with a high HR rate in AA. How’s that gonna work pitching in the Skydome in the AL East? hmmmm. Fingers crossed, I guess.

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