Daily? Maybe, actually?
“I will go out on a limb and say they are not taking a serious run at Tanaka judging by talks I have had,” says Richard Griffin in the latest of his always entertaining chats over at the Toronto Star. Bonus points for the question from the reader skewering the “new age approach” of one of the scout-heaviest front offices in the game. Real winner there.
Short season Jays affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, three-peated last night as Northwest League champions, and Charlie Caskey of the Vancouver Sun was there, and tells you all you need to know about it. And if you’re looking for more, Bluebird Banter‘s got it.
Dave Kaufman tweets that the Jays will play on the Montreal Impact’s turf when they travel to the Big O for their two exhibition games next March.
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith gives an excellent roundup of the essential details on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka– including an impressive video! Tanaka, while not quite Yu Darvish, seems on course to be the subject of some kind of mania this winter when, if as expected, he is posted by his club, the Rakuten Golden Eagles.
Ben looks into another key off-season concern in a piece from yesterday, as he examines the arbitration process, and the case Colby Rasmus will be making, should he get all the way to arbitration this winter before coming to terms with the Jays on one last contract before reaching free agency.
In the National Post, John Lott raves about Ryan Goins’ defence– and rightly so, especially given some of the (SSS alert) UZR/150 numbers he’s posted so far. Not that we need UZR to tell us Goins has been great. Still can’t hit though. And you definitely can’t carry both him and J.P. Arencibia in 2014. Frankly, you probably can’t carry either– he sure shows us what a good defensive second baseman could mean to this club, though. Now Alex just has to go find one who’ll hit more than none.
Over in the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott has a piece on Goins up as well, full of all kinds of quotes of praise from teammates, coaches, and the GM.
In the Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy asks, how good is Edwin Encarnacion?
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com has a lengthy piece on Jeremy Jeffress, who thinks he may have finally turned a corner in his career, thanks to being diagnosed with epilepsy earlier in the year.
Tom Tango has rolled out the balloting for this years edition of his Fans Scouting Report project. Hit it up– but read the main page first!
At Getting Blanked, Drew talks AL MVP, and throws his weight behind legend-in-his-own-time Miguel Cabrera. But- but- but- but how can he be a leader when Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal III tweets that he’s “heard he complains about balls and strikes more than any player in the league.” NUH LEEDARSHIPZ!!!!
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Jack Moore looks at Kendrys Morales and his return from oblivion. If the Jays wanted to drop some cash on a DH, here’s where I’d do it. (In other words, please stop fucking asking about Justin Morneau– he’s the same player as Adam Lind, and probably costs more when you factor in the $2-million buyout you’re paying Lind either way. Just… stop.)
Lastly, elsewhere still at Getting Blanked, Drew continues his thoroughly must-read series with My Approach: Robinson Cano.