Buster Olney tweets that the asking price for Ervin Santana has come down significantly, and that the free agent pitcher may now be looking at signing just a three-year deal. That’ll do.
At ESPN.com (Insider only), Jim Bowden breaks down where the free agent market is at, calling the Jays a likely landing spot for both Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana — though, before you get all breathless, I don’t think he means it’s likely they’ll get both, just one of them. Importantly, he notes that, while Cleveland and Kansas City wouldn’t give up a draft pick to re-sign their own players, they actually kind of would. Cleveland, in particular, he says is banking on getting a draft pick when Ubaldo signs elsewhere. And Kansas City doesn’t seem likely to re-sign Santana either, according to what he’s hearing.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star has an excellent, wide-ranging interview with Paul Beeston, and perhaps most interestingly, he speaks of his fight to make Jays games available to be viewed by anyone anywhere who wants to watch it… not that I ever noticed that MLB.tv blackouts didn’t exist last year or anything. Beeston mentions something about having to be authenticated with Sportsnet and TSN to watch those? I don’t really know. There was a bunch of other food for thought in there too.
Speaking of: according to a tweet from Scott MacArthur, TSN is the new home of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball in this country, plus Monday and Wednesday night telecasts, as well as Baseball Tonight. Nice! Except for whatever blackouts may now apply. They’ll carry 75 games this season.
“The Jays aren’t saying, but after months of freezing out Dunedin while they and the Houston Astros worked a deal for a new stadium in Palm Beach Gardens, the team has finally agreed to sit down with Dunedin officials later this month and talk about what it would take to keep them in town,” writes Keyonna Summers of the Tampa Bay Times. She adds that the gamesmanship is happening on both sides of this issue, as “just in case [the Jays leave when their lease runs out in 2017], Dunedin has reached out to other teams whose leases are also nearing expiration.”
Peter Gammons takes a look at the A.J. Burnett market, and while placing the Jays clearly in the background, he does note that Burnett “always really liked Toronto.” Let’s do this! (But the first thing we should do… is distribute the rocket boots.)
I keep forgetting about this one for some reason, but I was reminded of it when talk of The Policy reared its ugly head again today in the comments on the post below. Via the Blue Jay Hunter we have a tweet from Greg Balloch of Vancouver’s Sportstalk AM 650, who was at the Vancouver Canadian’s luncheon a couple weeks ago. He quotes Alex Anthopoulos as saying that the five year policy is “more of a guideline for us. It’s not that strict. It all depends what the total dollars are.” OK????
Great stuff as always from John Lott of the National Post, as he looks at the Expos-heavy class headed to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
At Bluebird Banter, Nick Ashbourne looks at some strange similarities between Adam Lind and Rajai Davis, who are kind of identical hitters, only from opposite sides of the plate.
At ESPN.com (Insider only), Dan Szymborski runs Keith Law’s top 100 prospects through his own ZiPS projection system, and both of the Jays’ two listed prospects take steps backwards — Marcus Stroman falls from 58 by KLaw to 65 by ZiPS, while Aaron Sanchez tumbles from Law’s number 30 to ZiPS’s 88. For, y’know, whatever that’s worth.
Speaking of ZiPS, here are the ZiPS projections for the 2014 Jays from over at FanGraphs. I’ve been meaning to do a bigger post about this, but… y’know… here we are. PECOTA is out too, I think!
MLB Prospect Guide has 49 Jays listed among their top 1000 prospects for 2014. No, those are not typoss.
I’ve never quite got the interest in fringe prospects and org guys, but perhaps Matt Boyd can be quite a bit better than that, and Jays Prospects looks at his instant impact at Lansing last year.
Jose Reyes playing catch in a snowstorm? Jose Reyes playing catch in a snowstorm.
Lastly, a great piece at the Hardball Times by Eno Sarris about the life of a beat reporter, marred though it was by a smarmy comment from special little access snowflake Geoff “The White Jays” Baker, who bemoans the onset, in the second half of his career on the beat, of social media and “some of the bloggers/commenters with an online platform who think they know how to do the job better.” This sent me down a rabbit hole into the DJF archive, where I found an old post responding to a commenter claiming to be in the ‘professional’ media, who urged us to remember what Baker had said to us on a podcast in that grand year of 2008, which was that “you guys (bloggers) are fans and nothing more. You will never have a greater understanding of the team than the writers because you do not have the same access.” The same commenter told me to save myself “future embarassment and stop pretending you’re anything more than three fans with a good blog,” and added this gem: “You and Theo Huxtable can start your own newspaper or web site because you pose no threat to any paid journalist’s job because you could never do their job.” Still as funny now as it was back then, so… maybe “marred” isn’t the right word after all. Ugh, the life of a beat grunt, though.