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Ten names. I can’t be arsed to actually look it up, but I’m pretty sure it’s been a long, long time since the Toronto Blue Jays so forcefully took advantage of MLB’s rules allowing for the expansion of rosters on September first. And there are still more players that could theoretically been brought to the majors by the club, who might have had some utility as they hope to make a titanic last-ditch push to get back in the playoff race. Kyle Drabek. Steve Delabar, and Rob Rasmussen won’t be returning to the Jays — barring a change of heart from management, or perhaps an injury situation that forces them into action — nor will A.J. Jimenez, or — as was discussed in a post yesterday — Brett Lawrie.

And yet still the Jays have added a number of intriguing weapons that fans will be looking to get a taste of down the stretch.

Some of the moves are pretty basic: George Kottaras was added as the club’s third catcher, while Dan Johnson returns from injury to add another left-handed bat off the bench, while John Mayberry Jr. does the same from the right side. Sean Nolin, who has been on the 40-man roster since his call-up last year, understandably has finally rejoined the club. Brandon Morrow has been activated, likely to complete his Blue Jays swan song — that’s because, with a $10-million club option for next year that’s undoubtedly going to be declined, he’ll hit the free agent market over the winter, possibly looking exclusively for an opportunity to compete for a rotation spot that simply isn’t going to be available here — and, as expected, Ryan Goins and Anthony Gose have also returned to the club.

You could nitpick the decisions on some of the relievers, I suppose. Delabar, for example, is a power arm who may still have a future with the Jays and has put up some gaudy strikeout numbers with Buffalo. But he has also walked at least one batter in eight of his last eleven appearances, and at least one hit in five of his last six appearances, none of which lasted more than an inning.

The bigger story though, obviously, is the other names — Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey, and Kendall Graveman — though it’s maybe not quite as big as the knee-jerk cynic would like you to believe.

Hearing the Sportsnet broadcast talk glowingly about the future we’ll be seeing on display this next month certainly raises the ol’ hackles, making it rather easy to feel that the rush to get this trio to the big leagues — and, more crucially, in terms of asset management, onto the 40-man roster — has as much to do with optics as baseball, and with selling hope at the end of a dismal August that has likely been a season-killer.

Not only that, but it might even seem more egregious — perhaps even like a flagrant misuse of some of the club’s key assets, forcing them to burn options too soon, to accrue service time too soon, and potentially creating related issues farther down the line. And I don’t think any of us needs to be reminded what a handcuff it can be to have a roster full of too many out-of-options players.

Yet I don’t think it’s really as big a deal as the negative-minded might want to make it out to be.

Take Pompey’s case, for example. Wikipedia explains eligibility for the Rule 5 draft thusly:

Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft who are not on their major league organization’s 40-man roster and:

– were 18 or younger on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is the fifth Rule 5 draft upcoming; or

– were 19 or older on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is fourth Rule 5 draft upcoming.

Pompey was just 17-years-and-five-months old on June 5th of his draft year, 2010, making the 2014 Rule 5 draft the fifth one since he’s been in the organization. So, as much as it seemed odd and rushed and perhaps cynical that he’s has been added to the club’s outfield glut — they’re currently rostering Bautista, Cabrera, the out-of-favour Colby Rasmus, Kevin Pillar, Anthony Gose, and John Mayberry –  the fact is, he needed to be added to the 40-man roster this winter regardless. And his addition isn’t even necessarily a stunt, either. As we saw in his first game, he can at the very least help the club on the base paths while they’re still nominally in it, and will likely pick up some at-bats later in the month, assuming it eventually becomes apparent that the Jays are finished.

There’s definitely risk still in adding Pompey, or any of these guys, given that if any of them ends up picking up a long-term injury he’ll have to be placed on the big league DL, earning big league money and accruing big league service time — things that should especially be of concern to a team that seems to operate under occasionally sever budget constraints — and maybe that’s a legitimate reason for the cynics to be upset here. But the Jays also very clearly value giving their young players a late-season taste of the level they’ll be expected to move to in the following year, and one supposes they value it enough to take that risk, especially with a little bit of instant goodwill baked into the process. (Maple dick flavoured, in Pompey’s case!)

Norris and Graveman are slightly different animals, as neither of them needed to be added to the 40-man at this stage. But — and those of you sharpening your pitchforks probably won’t be surprised to hear this — in the abstract they’re probably reasonable additions, too, given that they’re the best young pitchers on the staff of the Triple-A team, and the Jays have been struggling to find consistency in their bullpen — and, if we’re being honest, probably a little over-reliant on Aaron Sanchez.

I think the the fact that both seem very likely to factor with the big club at some point next season lessens the pain of likely burning an option year on each — though, that said, it’s not necessarily a given that they won’t come north with the club next spring (nor is it a given that they won’t be traded, either — especially, I think, Graveman, who may never quite be able to turn heads on the trade marke the way he can now, given the stat line he’s sporting (for whatever little that alone is worth)).

Of course, talking about these two — as well as Pompey — strictly as guys getting called up from Triple-A glosses over a major part of their stories, which is the fact that they all even made it to Buffalo in the first place.

Pompey played just 31 games at New Hampshire this season, Norris made eight starts for the Fisher Cats, and Graveman made only one. To borrow again from Keith Law — who in recent chats has also been clear to note some of concerns about adding guys to the 40-man too soon that I noted above — there is certainly value in having guys go through the league more than once at each level.

We all know this from watching big leaguers closely — there is almost always an adjustment period when a player gets called up, where either he is ahead of the league before they’ve really got a good read on him, or vice versa. Especially at the minor league level, where the same kind of advance scouting as in the big leagues just isn’t possible, common sense alone dictates that it would be good for a player’s development to — in simple terms — have the league get a read on him, adjust, and force him to adjust back.

At the same time, the Jays have “rushed” a lot of prospects in this sort of way, and so far the results have hardly been detrimental for guys like Marcus Stroman, Drew Hutchison, Aaron Sanchez, and Henderson Alvarez. In fact, I’m pretty OK with the club not taking a one-size-fits-all approach if they think a guy is going to be capable of moving up a level and succeeding, one just becomes a bit wary of it when Alex Anthopoulos has spoken on the radio about a guy like Dan Norris “turning a corner” (or some such phrase) in a really short span, and especially when these promotions all fit in rather tidily with the narrative of a club that two months ago saw itself as a playoff contender with a shaky bullpen and few resources with which to make external improvements.

There are concerns about what it will do to their service time, of course — though if Norris hits the ground running in the rotation next season and doesn’t need to be demoted at any point, I don’t think we’ll hear anybody complaining — and even bigger concerns about the pitchers blowing out an arm an ending up on the MLB DL accruing big league service time, but you can see what the plan is/was. Norris is a prospect on whom the excitement really has been building for some time now, and who genuinely could help the 2015 Jays a lot (even if the stuff about him breaking camp in the rotation is a little fanciful), and Graveman? Let it roll! I mean, he was too old for the first two levels he pitched at this season anyway, so the stuff about his meteoric rise is already overblown, and what few reports I gathered when I wrote about him last month suggested he was a relatively finished product who could move quickly through the system (despite a fringe-average fastball), meaning it’s not even as crazy as it maybe looks that he’s here. Shit,. maybe long-term he’s a reliever, even, and he shows some utility in a role like that in this stint.

It’s not like there aren’t more arms still coming behind these guys, either. Roberto Osuna, recovering well from last year’s Tommy John surgery, has pitched 22 innings at Dunedin this year, and tweeted earlier in the week that he’ll be pitching in this year’s Arizona Fall League. Last season Aaron Sanchez picked up 23.1 additional innings in the AFL, and if Osuna is healthy enough to do the same, while it won’t quite put him on track for a huge workload in 2015, maybe next year we’ll be talking about him coming up to help the big club in much the same way as these players are now.

So… yeah, it’s a bit weird to see all these guys up, and it may be a matter of the Jays just following through on plans to give themselves some reinforcements, even though their play in the month of August rendered it too late. And it may have been particularly frustrating that the front office was unable to move some of these sorts of young pieces for big league help, either at the trade deadline or last winter, that could have put them in a better position in the standings than they’re at right now. And it may be an off-putting, Ricciardi-esque display of “look at what our minor league system is producing!” that’s at least partially behind some of these call-ups. But it sure feels fucking good that the future looks so bright. These guys maybe aren’t superstars, but there is definite above average big league potential on this team in the form of a lot of young players who are going to be around — and cheaply — for a lot of years. And it’s going to be kind of awesome to get a glimpse of some of it up close this month, no matter how spurious you feel the justification for some of these promotions may have been.

Comments (129)

  1. Didn’t know Chris Brown was a September call up too.

    Needs for seasoning in AAA IMO.

  2. In my opinion this is the best way to go. Give the boys a taste of the show, if they can help, great, if they can’t it gives them a chance to experience how hard the last stop is going to be.

  3. Is nolin even a consideration for next years rotation or is he trade bait?

  4. Graveman, Norris, Pompey were put on the 25 man when they were added to the 40 man roster so they aren’t burning an option year for this year. If you think they would at all contribute to the big club next year in some way (which I think is reasonable, as Stoeten points out) there aren’t really any option considerations here.

    I’m not even convinced there are service time issues, given that I think each is likely to spend enough time in the minors next year to get (at least) the extra year of service tacked on and shed any Super Two concerns.

    • “Graveman, Norris, Pompey were put on the 25 man when they were added to the 40 man roster so they aren’t burning an option year for this year.”

      I’m a bit dull. can you explain that?

      • Sorry I misspoke, by 25 man roster I meant major league roster, which is larger than 25 men in September

        But an option year is used up when a player on the 40 man roster spends 20 days in the minors in a given year.

        So when these guys were added to the 40 man and the ML roster at the same time they won’t accrue the 20 days in the minors needed to burn an option year for 2014.

        I believe I have that right, someone chime in if I don’t.

        • Once a player has been placed on a team’s 40-man roster, a team has 3 option years on that player.
          A player is considered to have used one of those three option years when he spends at least 20 days in the minors in any of those 3 seasons.

  5. I love the call-ups: motivation for young players to make the club next Spring and adds energy to the clubhouse. My only question is what happened to Jimenez?

    • Not trying to be a jerk, but I am not sure I understand this point. Wouldn’t they already be sufficiently motivated insofar as they have spent the last 6-10 years trying to get to the major leagues? What does sitting on the bench add?

      • They spend all year on buses eating lunch meat, earning minor league salaries, staying in shitty hotels, getting rub downs by some 60 year old name Earl who has a day job….etc

        I’m quite sure seeing how great a MLB clubhouse is, big league stadiums, big league salaries, big league hotels, big league whores, and all the rest is probably a little fucking motivating to want to never leave.

  6. We can’t play our youngsters….We didn’t need any roster help. We are still in prime spot to make the playoffs and our roster is plenty good enough to do it

    • you are being… sarcastic right?

    • Perhaps he has misinterpreted the groans that have been heard loud and clear around here in reaction to the garbage clowns.

      If my interpretation is correct: We weren’t saying everything is awesome. We were tired of having to sift through a bunch of bullshit negativity posted by people who think they know better than everyone else in order to enjoy meaningful baseball conversation.

      If i was wrong: my sincerest apologies.

  7. After a year of using a short bench and a group of starters who haven’t gone deep,it seems that the Jays haven’t totally given up.
    I of course don’t know but it looks like Gibby will field the best offense at the beginning ,hoping to establish a lead, then bring in the defensive speciallists.
    If it’s a tight game,he has PH options,left and right,speed and a full bullpen so he can use a quick hook, if needed.
    Like Sanchez following Dickey,wonder if Morrow or Norris will follow Buehrle.
    Gonna be fun to watch.

    • Norris after Buerhle would be really fun to watch.

      What we all have to remember though is that we aren’t the only team with extra weapons now. Most teams have brought up bench pieces and defensive specialists. Late innings of close games should get pretty interesting down the stretch.

    • Unfortunately the best free agent 2b is boneface.

      Theoretically we could sign Hanley to be either 3B/2B but fat chance we sign him.

      I guess the best realistic upgrade is to sign Headley and move lawrie over to 2b. Since we have valencia, we could alternatively get a righty masher that can play decent 3rd and have him platoon with valencia (and not francisco)

      I wouldnt be opposed to signing Shields, but not at long term as he is showing signs of age. Fat chance we sign Scherzer, he’s also a Boras client to boot.

      • ..because Headley with a wonky back and 2 straight years of being shitty is an upgrade? there are better options then Headley – namely Valencia and whomever if you want to go the route of Lawrie at 2nd

      • I’d use every sweet talking line in the books to try and get Utley to waive his 10-5 rights.
        Amaro and that shit show are gonna get blowed up this winter,
        Hamels is said to be available too.

        • The trade route will probably be more fruitful The Jays have a surplus of mid-rotation starters. Doesn’t have to be a 2nd baseman. Could be a 3B or SS as well. They have a lot of flexibility.

  8. If Jays sweep in the Trop, they will go on a miraculous tear and make the playoffs. If they do not, start hoping for 2015. Book it.

  9. In other news, LOL Toronto Sun

  10. Its also not the worst thing in the world to have your minor leaguers compete for a September call up as a reward for a good year.

    obviously there are implications for options as Stoeten has outlined, but I actually really like the fact that they brought Graveman up. He wasn’t on anyones radar, wasn’t really a top prospect, but was rewarded because of his outstanding year. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  11. So at 70-67, with 25 games remaining.

    What do we think its going to take. does anyone figure 18-7 would get them in to that 2nd wild card spot?

  12. Has anything reliable been said about what’s going on with Cletus? Has he mentally checked out, or is that a congenital problem?

    • seems kind of obvious they don’t intend on keeping him, and he’s as equally interested in staying,

      • I get that, but seems like there is an interesting story here. A guy that has shown flashes, seems to always be on the cusp of greatness, then disappears for long stretches, aloof personality (at least from afar), then gets benched in his walk year. That Cletus sure is an odd duck.

  13. Much like last year, I hope they will sign one ace caliber pitcher and one really good, reliable 2B (or 3B is Lawrie will stay at 2B). And re-sign Melky of course.

  14. I feel like the expanded rosters improve the Jays more than they would with a lot of other teams. I’m sure a lot of it is because I don’t know the makeup of other teams nearly as well, but the Jays seem to have a disproportionate number of players who need platoon partners. Having a handful of extra bench players could really help them get the matchups they want a lot more often.

  15. I get the feeling that so many guys were called up so that management could get a better look at the players they have in the system against major league competition. This would accomplish a few things:

    1. Get a better sense of who really should be untradeable;
    2. Get a better sense of who’s perceived value might be more than realistic expectations;
    3. Build up some more value with these prospects in that they are no longer just minor leaguers, they actually have major league expereince and therefore creating the impressiong that they should be able to be put in a major league line-up for any team that would like to acquire them.

    I just have a feeling that the team is considering making some major transactions in the off-season, and before doing this they would prefer getting a better look at what they have.

  16. Excellent post, Stoeten.

    I’ll just add, for the inevitable nay-sayers show up: We have meaningful games in September. Lots of exciting new toys for Gibby to play with, and a glimpse at what the future has in store for the club to boot. 5.5 games back of a wildcard spot. What is there to complain about, again?

    (And yes, the August swoon was disappointing, but if most of you would look back to the beginning of the season, recall that this scenario was exactly what so many were hoping for. Enjoy the ride.)

    • *BEFORE the inevitable nay-sayers show up*

      • Nice write up but…. here we go again.

        • +1 to Tom W.

          I’ve been catching up on Jays news over the past couple of months. Apparently AA is coming back next year and some reports make it sound like they renewed his contract. But I think his contract has one more year anyway, doesn’t it?

        • What is there to complain about? Hmm…the losing? The fact that they were in the driver’s seat for the post season and shit the bed? There’s two very important things right there, only losers try to write of losing as no biggie

          • “Only losers write off losing as no biggie”

            So if I simply enjoy the game of baseball, root for the home team while not getting too invested in the competitive, Alpha male bullshit side of sports, them I’m a loser?

            Well then yes, call me a loser.

            • yes,
              if you watch a competition that has a winner and a loser,
              with no interest in winning,
              you’re a loser

              • I believed the phrase “root for the home team” that I used would imply an interest in winning.

                That interest in winning does not have to translate into crying like a child when it doesn’t happen, however. (see where I wrote, “not getting too invested”)

                Not to imply that Steib does this.

    • it’s not the # of GB, it’s the # of teams in front of them…they need to catch unbelievable fire (like, 20-5-ish to close the season kind of hot), and FOUR teams to falter.

      let’s take the tigers…24 games left, if they go 12-12, they finish 88-74 (they’re picking it up again after a bit of a swoon, so a .500 record here on out may be wishful thinking). to best the tigers in that scenario, you need a 19 & 6 finish from the jays…which would be great, but c’mon, even when they were hotter than hot, they weren’t playing at that rate over 25 games. but hell, let’s say both the tigers & jays do the exact thing above, it still only means…

      that seattle has to finish their season (25 games remaining) no better than 14-11, which, while definitely plausible (certainly more likely than the jays going 19-6), still seems like a lot to ask for. as above, it certainly could happen, it’s just unlikely.

      oh, and if both the above happens, you still need the indians & yanks to plays worse than the jays.

      garbage clown! HUZZAH!

      • If they went 20-5 they’d have 90 wins. In that scenario, they’d have to defeat the Yanks and Os close to 9 out of 9 games to pass them in the standings. Not impossible, but it’s not impossible for a 10 mile wide meteor to hit earth this afternoon either.

  17. I did not think Pompey needed to be added to the 40 man this winter.
    Call up makes much more sense in light of that reality.

    I would have preferred they wait on Norris and Graveman, but in the case of Norris, if he avoids injury and continues to perform, he should be up some time between
    April and July anyway.

    I think it was the Texas announcers who put a different spin on call-ups. They were saying teams sometimes call guys up just so they can get experience playing in stadiums with two and three decks. Had not thought about that, but I suppose it makes some sense.

    • i thought stoeten laid out why pompey was called up, so he wouldn’t be eligible for the rule 5 draft in Dec?

  18. I keep hoping Roy Halladay will get bored with retirement, his shoulder will magically be healed, and he will choose to sign for a year with the Jays, leading them to 2015 World Series glory.
    I sure know how to concoct a dream, huh!

  19. It’s been 7 years since the Jays were 5.5 games out of a playoff spot at this point in the season.

    I’m going to enjoy these last 25 games just in case it’s another 7 years before they’re this close again. 18-7 would definitely make things interesting.

    Very happy to get a look at guys like Captain Graveman and Pompey.

  20. Go Jays Go! WIn this series, sweep the Cubs, and voila we may find ourselves 3 games from the WC! I still believe..

    • I get nervous when sweep the cubs is stated as if that is at all likely. Has anyone noticed that the cubs are playing quite well lately. Remember earlier in the year a swoon resulted both by the team and the fans when we did not do what was expected against what was THEN perceived as a weak Royals team, not to mention playing less well than we thought we should have against the Astros maybe because too much was assumed and taken for granted. I enjoy things more by reducing expectations and watching things play out. (except for a few games in August where we truly looked as if there is such a thing as a better team which was not us) I don’t think a player or manager can afford to allow the thought of an imaginary “weaker” opponent be part of either preparation or execution.

  21. Going to receive a lot of flak for this but I am not sold on Stroman. As a UofT Financial graduate it’s the old adage sell high

    • What would you try to get back?

    • you paid…what? twenty-ish thousand dollars to throw “UofT” and “sell high” around? that, sir, is the funniest thing i’ve heard all day.

      • Chico, show some respect.

        Clearly only UofT grads understand such exotic and esoteric concepts such as “buy low, sell high”.

        I’ll bet they even learn other advanced economics concepts like “supply and demand”

        • Actually, what they learn is how to game the system to create a hyper-speculative bubble which is then deflated in order to shake small investors out of the market and effect one of the biggest transfers of wealth in the history of mankind.
          mBAs should be lined up against the wall and shot for treason and economic terrorism.

          • See if you paid attention to Tony Soprano you would’ve learned the “pump and dump” concept. ..pretty much the same.

      • I’d wager it’s closer to 60,000 spent on that toilet paper.

  22. Stoeten – i understand declining Morrow’s option, but why do you think he wouldn’t be a rotation frontrunner? the understanding is he may have a limited number of starts, but wouldn’t you want 15 – 20 starts of Morrow over almost anyone else in the rotation?

    • Why?

      And don’t conflate with what we think Morrow COULD do with what he CAN do. Perhaps those two are the same thing. But he’s old enough that the “potential” thing is less and less. Because even when he’s on the field, he’s been bad more often then he’s been good.

      It’s not like he’s oft injured but an ace when he’s on the field. His body of work is not overly impressive.

      • fip and era in the last two healthy(ish) seasons bode well – from what i can see, and recall, he’s overall an average pitcher in the AL east and we could use those.

        • And where on the depth chart does he slot in? Better options include Dickey, Buehrle, Stroman, Hutch, Sanchez, Happ, Nolin, Norris and whomever they might bring in the offseason to knock Sanchez et all down a peg.

  23. Blair had the Bisons play by play guy on the other day and asked about Delabar since he would be one of the more obvious omissions and the play by play guy said that his numbers make him look better than he actually was. He worked up in the zone a lot apparently and is still struggling to repeat his delivery which wouldn’t work in MLB as opposed to AAA. Same problems as before just with results hinging on AAA hitting.

    • Yeah, I saw Delabar pitch when I was in Buffalo. Way too many pitches high in the strike zone, or just couldn’t find it.

      I would love for him to re-discover his control, but until then, he is most appropriately kept in Buffalo to work on his command.

  24. Personally, I’m of the opinion with these young, elite upside pitchers, that the sooner we have them in the big leagues the better. If they can get outs, they should be here. There’s only so many fastballs in those arms and shoulders, why waste them in the minors? I know it’s risky, and not likely to happen, but I hope both Sanchez and Norris are in the big league rotation right out of spring training in 2015.

  25. It would, obviously, be only for a quality player.

    • I’d sooner hold onto Hutch and trade an unproven prospect or 2 for a quality IF
      Hutch looks like he could be the real deal, something the jays don’t have much of

      • Hutch is worth a lot more in a trade because of exactly the reasons you’re stating.

        • As much as we would love to keep him, he will indeed fetch more…same with buerhle…trade them both for a above avg 2b and reliever

          • I think your logic is upside down. He might be the jays best pitcher, he’s young and cheap; teams can go years without finding a guy like him. Find another way to improve

  26. Thought it was 8 and 6 years for rule 5 draft, maybe it’s changed

    These high school pitchers are going to have to develop fairly quickly to stay in the same organization if they need to go onto 40 man when they are 23. Thought most pitchers didn’t get mlb ready until their mid twenties

  27. Promote all the young arms. They don’t have a shelf life.
    James Andrews will get them in 6-7 years so why waste 4 of them in the minors.

    Take your time with the hitters though.

    • Totally agree on both points.

      • You guys seem to have come to the conclusion that they’re all going to turn out fine in the MLB. That rarely happens, no?’

        And if they do, do you get close to 200 innings out of a couple of them next year?

        • Yup. In for a penny, in for a pound. I’d go all in on the kids.

        • Was reading Ben Badler who is of that position on the promotion of “Good” pitchers. Meaning the pitchers at the top of your prospect charts. It’s his belief (which I’ve adopted) that the good young prospect pitchers mature and are ML ready quicker then the good young hitters. He then went on to state thefigures on the high surgery attrition on all pitchers so it makes sense to get some of those valuable years at the ML level.

          He thought the overly cautious approach to these young pitchers was a big inefficiency.

          • Read the same article. Great read, and I totally agree.

          • This makes intuitive sense to me.

            Pitching is an “active” action whereas hitting is a “reactive” one (that being, you’re reacting to what the pitcher throws you).

            Obviously I’m over simplifying it a lot, but it makes sense that hitting requires more reps to compete at the ML level.

            • To go a little further with that, it seems like it’s easier to get reps in as a pitcher.

              After all, a coach can take a pitcher and have a simulated game for him at anytime. I don’t feel you can completely simulate hitting in a game scenario in any other way except for actual games. I could be wrong, but I imagine hitters only really see the best pitchers AT their best in real games. I don’t think any form of BP wpuld accurately simulate it.

              So hitters can only truly hone their craft in games (and thus, have a finite number) whereas pitchers would seem to be able to develop a little faster. As I read the situation, at least.

            • At a certain level, a 98 mile per hour fastball with crazy sink and a wicked bending curveball is going to be just that at any level. If the kid can throw it over the plate with a relative degree of consistency, they should be able to get big league hitters out also. (Exhibit A; Aaron Sanchez)

  28. Any news on lineup?

  29. Brett Lawrie with some pretty cryptic Tweets. Not sure if he’s in a similar situation as Colby in that he’d prefer to play.

    • I don’t get that impression from the tweets.

      I’m sure it’s killing him to not be playing, though.

  30. Anybody read this? The quote where a scout says Norris is “the best pitcher I’ve seen this year” gave me a chubby.

    http://www.baseballamerica.com/fantasy/expect-blue-jays-lhp-daniel-norris/

  31. Not that level of dog-house, of course.
    Also, I’d copy-paste the Tweets, but I’m forever posting from mobile devices due to irrational banning by Stoets.

  32. I wish we could have a poll about whether Melky will actually be in a Jays uniform in 2015.

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