You mean I’m not a billionaire anymore? How does this impact Train Island?!
Mark Simon of ESPN New York figures that Jose Bautista is precisely the kind of player the Mets would think long and hard about meeting the Jays price on this winter in a trade. For the piece he asked Jim Bowden what he thought the potential cost would be, and the answer was Jon Niese and non-prospect Cesar Puello. Yeah, that’s real sellable for the Jays. Tell you what, though, not to be one of those Jays fans, but if the Mets would do Bautista and Arencibia for d’Arnaud and Syndergaard, maybe we can talk.
Speaking of former prospects… Aaron Sanchez! HEYO! I kid, of course… unless being angry about reports on the internet is going to make Sanchez pitch the way that he did last night in the Arizona Fall League, as Aaron Sanchez started for Salt River, throwing four no-hit innings, with four strikeouts and a walk– and according to those on Twitter watching the radar gun or MLB Gameday, he was sitting consistently at 95-96, hit as high as 99, and was throwing strikes. Nails much? Marcus Stroman, on the other hand, hit a little bit of a speed bump, taking the loss while giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in an inning-and-two-thirds.
Baseball Prospectus has a tidbit on Sanchez’s start– with video!– and notes none of the issues that Keith Law had with the potential ace’s mechanics last week. “He’s still learning how to put it all together,” Jeff Moore writes, “but when it’s all there, he dominates like this.”
Speaking of Stroman, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com talks to him about working out of the bullpen in Arizona, which is really just a way to monitor his innings, as the Jays continue to do their best to let him succeed as a starter before considering actually turning him into a knockout relief pitcher.
Elsewhere still in the desert, MiLB.com looks at Jays relief prospect John Stilson’s road to the AFL. On him I’m hearing impressive stuff, hard thrower, but it sounds like he’s been getting hit a little hard. He’s also always been a bit of an injury concern– at least, as far as I’m aware.
In case you missed it, I worked a few noteworthy links into yesterday afternoon’s post about Josh Johnson, passing along word from ESPN New York that the Yankees, despite rumours to the contrary, may be gearing up to spend this winter, plus a link to the interesting Bloomberg infographic that ranked the Jays the 12th most valuable franchise in baseball (with the fifth-biggest stake in their own regional sports network), and a tweet from John Lott giving us an early look at his and Shi Davidi’s book on the Jays’ hopelessly lost 2013 season. Because… y’know… why let all that good work go to waste, right?
Hey, did you hear that yesterday was an anniversary of some sort? Sportsnet provides a nifty oral history of Joe Carter’s World Series winning home run, which is worth it if only for an appearance from our friend and occasional podcast cohort Darren Kritzer– Chief!
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Shi wonders why John Farrell is having success with Boston that he didn’t in Toronto. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s something to do with the players.
At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm shares his memories of that night 20 years ago, and also a transcript of his interview with Joe Carter. Great stuff.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi notes that Jose Bautista has been cleared to resume working out, having recovered from the hip injury that ended his season. Then, at the very bottom, Davidi notes the possibility of Tim Raines becoming the Jays’ new first base coach (!!!).
Carlos Delgado’s Instagram photos of his wacky socks? Carlos Delgado’s Instagram photos of his wacky socks.
MLBTR takes a stab at projecting free agent starters’ salaries, and comes out figuring on Josh Johnson being in the $8-million. Admirable, but I’m thinking some of the numbers are still a bit low, even if Scott Feldman at 2/17 is kinda insane as it is. (I’d still hit it, though.)
At Bluebird Banter, Nick Ashbourne contrasts the two-strike approach of Munenori Kawasaki and the non-existent two-strike approach of J.P. Arencibia. Yowza.
Jays Journal wonders why more people aren’t talking about the Jays going after Omar Infante– and furthermore, why they’re not looking at errors instead of advanced fielding metrics, and not ignoring his two years in the OBP wilderness. Not the worst idea, though.
For those of you with ESPN Insider, Keith Law and Chris Crawford give an early look at prospects for the 2014 draft. Hard to think much about who the Jays might be in for just yet, but worth noting that they have Young Beedah at 18– which is lower than I’ve seen him elsewhere.
The Onion breaks down the World Series, and because it’s The Onion, it’s pretty awesome.
At FanGraphs, Matt Klaassen writes about the rumours that the Royals could deal Billy Butler and what that could mean or how it might work. Reunite him with Kevin Seitzer already! Or… actually we could probably use some pitching, but whatever!
Lastly, also at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at the wildest five swings of 2013– or… that is, the swings on the five pitches farthest from the centre of the plate– and the Jays are owners of two of them! Colby Rasmus swung at a ball farther away from the plate than anybody this year, but it’s third-place man Rajai Davis who really shines, swinging at a pitch that was a little closer than Colby’s, but that still has Sullivan calling it “probably the worst swing of the 2013 regular season, and maybe of the last few regular seasons.”