It’s pretty much entirely unfair to put Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo’s name up there next to “insanity” in the title of this post, as though he wrote his latest column half-addled on crazy sauce listening to nothing more than the voices in his head. Because that, I think, is only true for two of the three Jays-related items he lays on us.
In the Updates On Nine section of the column he writes: “The Twins believe they had enough interest in Morneau that if he continues to hit well and shows power, he could be moved to a contender in a waiver deal. Exactly who would claim him first remains to be seen. The Blue Jays might step in for a claim.”
The Blue Jays? Might claim? Justin Morneau?
The Blue Jays? Who are going nowhere? Might claim Justin Morneau?
Justin Morneau? Who is in the last year of his contract? Who is owed like $4.5-million for the rest of the year?
Whose .319 wOBA and 101 wRC+ numbers are below those put up by Mark DeRosa? (Though, in fairness, DeRosa has been shielded from right-handers quite a bit).
How is this possibly considered anything even vaguely resembling a thing?
“In asking general managers which former GM they miss the most,” Cafardo writes, “J.P. Ricciardi got the most responses, and many believe Ricciardi will be a head man again, whether it’s taking over for Sandy Alderson when he wants to step down with the Mets, or with another team.”
I mean, if that’s what they said, that’s what they said. And, frankly, I believe it. Ricciardi was a whole lot better at his job than a lot of people around here wanted to believe– even if it clearly became untenable to continue employing him by the end (or… y’know… a year before the end, though the club ball-lessly gave him another year while they shuffled some deck chairs).
Actually, I wonder if people have softened on ol’ P.R. Ricciardi given how hopelessly negative they’ve become about a guy they thought was a genius four months ago?
3. Elsewhere back in the Updates On Nine section, Cafardo talked Melky:
“Cabrera was put on trade waivers on Friday, and the Jays would like to see what kind of haul he could bring. While Cabrera is named in the Biogenesis scandal, he, like Colon, has served his 50-game suspension and doesn’t appear to be in further jeopardy. Cabrera, a good defensive outfielder with an excellent arm, has been meek at the plate, hitting .279 with three homers and 30 RBIs with a .682 OPS a season after testing positive. Cabrera has a year left on his deal.”
Actually, Alex Anthopoulos was on the Fan 590 on Friday (audio here– more on the full interview later [read: most likely Tuesday]) and he said that no, Melky wasn’t put on trade waivers, as he’s unable to be placed on them due to the fact that he’s on the DL and– HOLYFUCKINGHANGONASECOND “good defensive outfielder”??!?!!?!?
4. Lastly, Apropos of nothing, Cafardo writes: “Blue Jays CEO Paul Beeston’s son David is special counsel to the Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management.”
WHAT THE SHIT???!??!?