Shelley was a man, you philistine.
Everybody’s talkin’ about J.P. Arencibia (again)– even Alex Anthopoulos for once! Last night the G.M., who this year has avoided throwing his catcher under the bus by name (very possibly due to the lack of anything resembling a proper full-time replacement for 2014 in the organization– but also maybe because J.P. would lose it), acknowledged that the club needs to improve the production behind the plate. This, apparently, is a story: John Lott of the National Post looks at it, as does Mike Rutsey of the Sun, Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, as does the Toronto Star.
Similarly, John Gibbons says that Arencibia needs to make adjustments, in an interesting, occasionally awkward conversation yesterday on the Fan590. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet pulls some highlights from the radio hit.
Less widely reported from Alex’s brief scrum with the media last night is the fact that he made it seem fairly clear that Adam Lind will be back next year. Mike Rutsey reports in the Sun.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at how the Jays avoided having the longest playoff drought in baseball following the elimination of the Kansas City Royals last night. Yay?
Ben also takes a look through basically the Jays’ entire roster, looking at which players are the Jays’ best trade chips heading into the winter. And elsewhere, he looks at some potential options from outside the organization, should they feel they need to do something about left field.
Speaking of the outfield, with the injury to Moises Sierra and the paternity leave of Rajai Davis, the Jays might need to add an outfielder for their final four games of the season. Bluebird Banter looks at some non-40-man players they could bring up to fill the void.
At FanGraphs, Marc Hulet continues his Minor Review series, looking at the Houston Astros, and the prospect he pegs as “the riser” is Asher Wojciechowski, who was, of course, acquired from the Jays in the J.A. Happ trade– or as Richard Griffin would call it, the worst. trade. ever. I don’t know. Hulet notes that Woj will need to be added to the Astros 40-man to be protected in the Rule 5 draft (and the fact that he wasn’t called up for September maybe suggests he won’t be?), and even then, puts a ceiling on him of “a durable No. 3/4 starter.”
Speaking of Hulet’s series, Charlie Caskey of Jays Journal takes issue with the suggestion the Jays piece that Daniel Norris was a “tumbler.” Hard to not agree.
Oh, and back to ol’ Griff, who in the Toronto Star looks at A.L. MVP candidates, calling Miguel Cabrera the frontrunner, on account of, “if a player wins the Triple Crown and MVP one season, then posts even better numbers the next season while his team runs away with the division, it would be difficult to not give him repeat honours as AL MVP.” Because, you know, if the writers butcher the vote so badly as to punish the best player in the league for not having good enough teammates and for providing too much of his value in the field and on the base paths, why not do it again?
Elsewhere in the Star, Brendan Kennedy wonders why Kyle Drabek and Ricky Romero aren’t starting. Though… after the ankle bruise last night, we now know why Drabek isn’t.
Also, yes, it’s come to this, Kennedy takes a look at this year’s Blue Jay babies, as a bunch of players have spent time on the paternity list so far.
R.A. Dickey didn’t apologize, but he came close yesterday with this tweet:
I just wanted to say publicly how great the support has been from the Jays nation despite an agonizing season. You guys deserve better.
— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) September 25, 2013
Back to FanGraphs, where Jeff Sullivan looks at the free-swinging A.J. Pierzynski, who, unfortunately, is one of the more realistic catching options on the free agent market this winter.
John Lott of the National Post looks at the resurgence of a now-healthy Sergio Santos, who… he’s fucking awesome. Fuck, I want to see a full, healthy season from this guy.
Elsewhere in the Post, a CP piece tells us that more than two-thirds of Quebecers want big league baseball back in Montreal. Sweet! They got a couple billion dollars?
Chris Toman of BlueJays.com looks at the win for the Maritimes this week in the first ever Tournament 12 held at Rogers Centre.
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm looks at the Jays announcement yesterday honouring their top scouts and player development guys.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri celebrates the coaching tree of Nationals manager Davey Johnson, which, of course, includes ol’ Gibbers, who played under Johnson for the entirety of his big league career. Yep, all 18 games.
Lastly, interesting stuff from the Blue Jay Hunter, who asks what the Jays can learn from the Pirates, who did exactly the kinds of things last winter that the Jays will be looking to do this time around.