So I may have been neglecting my RSS reader lately, meaning that there’s surely a tonne of good stuff out there that we haven’t been over since the last time I dropped a Daily Duce. However, I’ve put aside several recent gems the old fashioned way, and have some really great stuff to share today, along with the promise that these are going to be a little more regular. Probably just lacked fibre in my diet while on the road in the States. Poop. Also: Daily?
An update from Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes on the status of Ervin Santana came yesterday evening, as he tweeted (en Español) that the Braves are very interested but have no budget, that the Royals “called” (“Royals lo llamó”), and that standing offers remain from the Jays and Orioles. Rojas adds that he figures if a club ups their offer to $15-million for one year, that will be the end of this insufferable game. Just do it already, Jays!
Jon Heyman concurs that its coming down to the Jays and Orioles at CBS Sports, and adds this interesting tidbit: “Both have made reasonable one-year offers, with the Blue Jays believed to be in the neighborhood of the $14 million mark, and the Orioles thought to have initially offered a couple million dollars less than that. Baltimore hasn’t ruled out the possibility of adding an incentive package, which could allow the Orioles’ deal to be worth as much as Toronto’s or perhaps a little bit more.” Reading that has made me about as positive about this whole thing as I’ve been all week.
Back to speaking of the Braves, MLBTR has the latest on injured pitcher Kris Medlen, which is… inconclusive. So no Tommy John announcement yet, which is good for the Jays. Except… they should have just done this Santana thing already, though maybe now it’s he who is keeping the club waiting, with thoughts of a nice National League pillow deal on a good Atlanta team in his head. Because of the budget stuff, Heyman says “it isn’t known how involved Atlanta is to this point.”
Great stuff, if a bit dispiriting, from Jeff Blair at the Globe and Mail, who looks at the Santana situation, jumping straight to the rub: “What nobody wants to say is what everybody around the Toronto Blue Jays is saying privately: that if this was last winter, Ervin Santana’s signing would be done and dusted. There would be none of this nonsense of player-imposed deadlines allowing more teams to get in the hunt.” He adds that “more than one player has said he finds it odd that an organization that added players of pedigree and contract last winter is suddenly unable to close a deal with a pitcher such as Santana.” Right?
Staying on the pitching front, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes about Jeff Samardzija, who pitched in front of a bunch of scouts this week. He adds that “the Blue Jays — who had former Cubs general manager Ed Lynch in attendance as a scout — continue to lurk, and Samardzija realizes multiple teams may be interested.” Hmmm…
Shifting gears, last week there was a public meeting regarding the expansion proposal at BMO Field, and TFC blog Walking The Red has images of what the updated stadium would look like — including retractable end seating to accommodate the Argos. The especially fascinating stuff is in the comments, as the writers for that site are saying this expansion will start after Labour Day (i.e. once the Ex is over) so that stage one can be completed in time for the Pan Am Games, that they’ve heard it confirmed that the Argos will be moving there (“a fait accompli that is well down the line”), and the big one: “Argos will be out of there before the Jays 2016 season at the latest.” Grass, please.
Blue Jays Plus looks at whether Ryan Goins really is fit to be a big league regular (hint: he’s not), and ends up figuring Maicer Izturis should be the starter, and speaking to a scout who says the Jays will be looking to upgrade the position by mid-May. Pulling for him, but there’s not a lot to believe in.
Nooooot the best line for Brandon Morrow today against a bunch of kids on Team Canada. But baseball’s a funny game sometimes. Doesn’t mean much. You’d like to see him better, but he’s barely seen game action since the end of May, so I think you’ve got to give him some leeway. If it causes a new “career implosion watch” kind of thing among panicky fans, then that’s definitely not good. If it makes the club think about moving more aggressively on Santana though…
Marcus Stroman is front and centre in this piece on short pitchers from Michael Baumann at Grantland. Interesting stuff, even if it highlights just how much of a special case he’s going to have to be to survive in a big league rotation.
John Lott awesomely talks to awesome Jays prospect, the VW van livin’ Daniel Norris, in his latest at the National Post.
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet looks at why it might still be advantageous to Ervin Santana to wait until the season starts before signing with a club — adding a bit of leverage to his end of the bargaining.
Great stuff from Tyler Kepner of the New York Times over the weekend, as he looks at former Met R.A. Dickey and his thoughts on his legacy.
Teddy Cahill looks at the Jays farm system as part of the preseason prospect package from MLB.com.
Yahoo! Sports tells us about the curious case of the Jays’ unheralded new player: Dumb Ass.
Jay Blue, from Blue Jays From Away, along with Charlie Caskey of Your Van Cs, and Jared Macdonald of Jays Prospects are releasing their 2014 Toronto Blue Jays Minor League Handbook at the end of the month, profiling hundreds of players in the Jays system in eBook form. Check out the last list there for some info, and check back there later in the month for how you can get it!
Jose Bautista killing Boston Pizza on Twitter? Jose Bautista killing Boston Pizza on Twitter:
— Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) March 10, 2014
And lastly, via Bluebird Banter, probably the best thing you’ll see all day: Erik Kratz’s commercial for turkey bacon. (Yes, you read that right.)