And we’re happy with this background?
According to Nick Cafardo’s latest for the Boston Globe, the Jays are one of several teams to have made a bid for Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. OK? He’s a Boras client, so don’t hold your breath. Here’s what Steve Adams said about him at MLBTR last week: Yoon, 27, was considered Korea’s second-best starting pitcher behind Hyun-jin Ryu following the 2012 season. A shoulder injury in 2013 prompted a move the the closer’s role with the Kia TIgers last season, but from 2011-12 Yoon posted a 2.77 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 in 325 1/3 innings as a starter. As MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes noted in Yoon’s free agent profile, his fastball sits in the 91 to 93 mph range, and he won the KBO’s MVP Award in 2011 for his outstanding work in the Kia Tigers’ rotation.
Bluebird Banter has spoken with Dustin McGowan and learned that the Jays have acquiesced to his request to attempt to pitch as a starter in 2014, “on the condition that he work separately from the other starters in a personalized program at the beginning of spring training.” Hard for them to say anything else with a rotation as unsettled as theirs currently is, and… well… we all know the story: could be great if he stays healthy, but he inevitably won’t. Here’s hoping, for his sake, something finally changes in a positive way, but I can’t see it being anything but a longshot that he could actually win a job in the rotation. Or… I don’t know… it’s not like he’s going to be up against a bunch of world beaters. At least this all should make for an interesting spring for once.
In the McGowan piece it’s also noted that 2014 will be his fifteenth season in the Jays’ organization. Holy fuck.
Buster Olney tweets that it’s worth repeating to point out that “the Jays are in a great position to sit back and wait for Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez to agree to a deal on team’s terms.” Yep.
To that effect — and the effect of our previous post here — Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tells us that everything remains status quo for the Jays. Just in case you hadn’t noticed.
Spring Training Online lists the report dates for pitchers and catchers, as well as position players, for each club this spring, and the Jays are really leaving themselves open to having the silly “too relaxed” narrative take hold. They’re one of four teams to be asking pitchers and catchers to report by February 16th, which is the latest date any club is doing so this year. They’ll be the last team to put pitchers through their first workout, they’re one of just seven clubs whose position players don’t report until the 20th or later, and one of seven who won’t have their first full workout until the 21st or later. I don’t think this matters one iota, but it would be sort of nice if they were savvy enough to not have given reason to talk about it at all.
So… Dan Norris might be awesome. Melissa Couto of the Canadian Baseball Network checks in on the prospect and the ’78 VW Westfalia camper van he basically lives in. No, really.
Speaking of awesome prospect-y things, Brian Crawford of Jays Prospects talks to Griffin Murphy’s moustache.
According to a QMI story in the Toronto Sun, Roberto Alomar is selling his Tampa area mansion for $6.5-million, and because there’s shit all else going on, now I’m writing about it.
Gregor Chisholm checks in with his weekly mailbag — er… Inbox — post at BlueJays.com.
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Gregor looks at which players have been invited to Spring Training with the Jays, and highlights a pair of first timers in the big league camp: Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.
Lastly, in the latest of his outstanding Primary Sources series at Getting Blanked, Jack Moore tells us that baseball has always been too slow.