Shi Davidi tweets that Alex Anthopoulos has called the Bautista-Brown rumour “fabricated,” ridiculous,” and “completely false.”
John Gibbons is apparently dismissive of the whole thing as well. Jim Bowden tweets that the Jays’ manager appeared on his SiriusXM show and said that the club is “looking to add pitchers not swapping outfielders.” It’s been a fun several hours, though, hasn’t it?
Bowden adds another item from the Gibbons chat, as the manager also confirmed that Brett Lawrie will play at third base this year. “He grew up a lot this year. Sky is the limit,” ol’ Gibbers said.
Uh… so… what does it say about your decision to fire your hitting coach when he’s almost immediately snapped up as a minor league hitting coordinator for one of the best-run organizations in the game? Because that’s kinda what just happened, as according to a tweet from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Chad Mottola has joined the Rays.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs has a number of interesting thoughts on the Bautista-Brown rumour, which are less specific about the proposal itself, and more about general trends. Among them, he allays fears about Bautista’s supposedly diminishing skills, explaining that “extrapolating trends into the future is often completely incorrect, because the reality is that performance often regresses back towards the average of a larger sample performance rather than continuing to move further and further away from a peak. Or, put another way, players who are labeled as “trending downwards” often have a very good performance in their recent history which should continue to inform our opinion of what they will do in the future.”
A piece from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun quotes Alex Anthopoulos as saying that “every single reliever” on his roster has been asked about so far.
Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles takes a look at the garage sale item with the “WORKS FINE” sign that is Josh Johnson. He likes him, even!
Over at Sports Illustrated, Jay Jaffe takes an in-depth look at the free agents who declined qualifying offers clubs, suggesting that the Jays may be the club willing to swallow hard on the contract demands from Ervin Santana.
Ever considered that Brian Wilson might be awesome? How about after learning that, according to a tweet from Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, he wouldn’t play for the Yankees because he doesn’t want to shave his beard?
A report from MiLB.com focuses on Kenny Wilson, the Jays 2008 second-rounder who is having a good time in the Arizona Fall League. Drew Hutchison and his nice start is mentioned in the wrap-up as well.
Teddy Cahill, writing for BlueJays.com, gives a report on how the Salt River Rafters– the club on which the club’s AFL prospects are playing.
Another AFL item, as Eno Sarris of FanGraphs looks at the success rate of AFL All-Stars.
And another BlueJays.com item reveals the club’s Spring Training schedule for 2014.
I’m currently getting a 404 error, but if the page ever gets working, you can read at the National Post about how a couple of Toronto voters may have cost John Farrell the manager of the year award, by both picking him ahead of Terry Francona. And if it still doesn’t work, you can hear us talk about it at some point on the upcoming DJF Podcast.
Drew takes a look at how arbitration awards can be beneficial to some and not to others in a piece over at Getting Blanked.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star has put together a nifty interactive infographic on the Cy Young candidates in each league.
Lastly, it’s podcastery, as we’ve got the latest installment of Jeff Pearlman’s Quazcast at Fanatico.