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Colby Rasmus is on his way to the Bronx, as the busy Twitter fingers of all the beat writers down at Yankee Stadium have informed us that he’ll be activated from the DL in time for tomorrow’s game, with Anthony Gose heading the other way. Gregor Chisholm’s tweet was the first in my timeline.

Rasmus hasn’t quite got his timing back at Buffalo, by the sounds of it (though Bisons play-by-play man Ben Wagner tweets that two of his outs were long fly balls), but… so what? He was 0-for-4 tonight for the herd, but he didn’t strike out, and he manned centre field, which at least shows that the important thing — his wonky hamstring — is moving in the right direction. Alex Anthopoulos spoke about all this with media today in a quote that we find in Gregor’s excellent transcript of the scrum over at his North of the Border blog, explaining, “Sure, there’s a timing component of getting his at-bats but I remember last year, I don’t think he did all that well on his rehab assignment, he came back and hit three or four home runs in a short period. It’s as much making sure he gets those reps in the outfield but you’re not going to run him three or four days right out of the chute.”

As for Gose, he had a nice day on Sunday, and took a walk today — and probably should have done so in his ninth inning at-bat, though umpire Jordan Baker saw it differently (including on one that he’d been calling all night and we shouldn’t get quite as upset at (more on this in the next post) — but things have been pretty dismal since his hot start. The talk about jettisoning Rasmus in favour of Gose that was all the rage a couple short weeks ago has quieted to nothing, and for good fucking reason. Part of that is Juan Francisco — though he had a double and a walk today, which an optimist may see as reason to believe he’s pulling out of his current trough — but while Gose’s OBP is still a more-than-passable-given-his-defence .351, heading into this game his last 48 plate appearances had produced just a .171/.277/.220 line, which… well… uh… it isn’t passable.

Add to that the fact that you see some of the old trouble spots for him — being late on fastballs, and a 31.3% strikeout rate over the past two weeks, as opposed to the 19.2% rate he posted in his first 52 plate appearances (over which he hit .310/.420/.381) — and you see why the move was made.

If the real Gose is somewhere in the middle, that would be a very, very good thing. So this most recent stint in the majors, though now clearly not the one that will see him say goodbye to the minors forever, has hardly been all for naught. Yet it’s impossible to argue that this wasn’t the right call for the Jays to make right now. He should get back to hitting, get back to a place where he’s more comfortable, and continue to refine his offensive game however he can.

And the Jays should get Rasmus right back into this lineup, and hope that he shows more spark than he did in Buffalo, or when he was here and healthy in April. Thing is: after what we saw last year, there’s no reason to think he won’t, which is great, because hoo boy, that’ll fuckin’ help.

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A massive issue for the Jays this winter is finding something tolerable to part with that may be enticing enough to make teams actually want to offer them anybody of value in return. That’s the prime reason why Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus have heard their names in a lot of chatter over the last few months, even if there’s no actual evidence that they’re being shopped. The idea of Bautista being dealt, as warm and fuzzy as it makes the dolts who somehow think they can divine through their TV a bunch of bullshit about Jose’s leadership abilities, is pretty nutty, as it would blow a gigantic hole in the club’s ability to score runs. Common sense, then, points to Rasmus as being one of the clubs most easily-shopped commodities, mostly because has a ready-made replacement in Gose, waiting in Buffalo– while still, also, uh, kinda waiting to learn how to hit.

About that, though.

Jays fans, for good reason, tend to believe that Gose simply isn’t ready for prime time. This year, in his brief turn in the big leagues, even the defensive metrics have turned against him! But here’s something interesting: in Buffalo this season Gose posted a line of .239/.316/.336, which was “good” for an 85 wRC+. This year Cleveland centre fielder Michael Bourn, in his second-worst defensive season as a full time player by UZR (2.5), had posted, as of Thursday (9/19), a startlingly similar line– .259/.312/.349, for a wRC+ of 86.

What’s interesting about that is that by both FanGraphs and Baseball Reference, to that point Bourn had been worth 1.8 wins above replacement in 2013.

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Here’s something that ought to fire up the free Anthony Gose set. Fair enough, as it’s rather fucking awesome. Gose stole home for his fourth steal of the season in the first inning of the Bisons’ game versus Norfolk on Tuesday.

Gose pulls this off while none other than the 2012 Baltimore Orioles Opening Day starter, Jake Arrieta, is on the mound. The speedy outfielder has been caught stealing in four out of eight attempts in Triple-A thus far in 2013. Not that swiping home makes his .250/.352/.352 triple slash line any more palatable, but y’know, it’s still totally fucking NAILS.

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Apologies for the deluge of R.A. Dickey-related posts lately– and the bad puns that inevitably go with them– but at the moment it’s one of the few things legitimately on the horizon that we’re aware of and that we can feel comfortable thinking the Jays might be in on. Or that, at the very least, has all the signs of something the club must be considering, even if much of the talk of some kind of feverish interest is bunk. And here we’ve at least got something of a different angle than passing along ever bit of speculation…

The problem with making a play for Dickey, of course, is the question of his value, which no one– not Dickey and the Mets, not the Mets and the teams inquiring on him– seems able to agree on.

The Mets want a lot, and the fact that the Rangers just missed out on Zack Greinke could make Texas more interested in moving someone like Mike Olt to get a deal done, which could escalate the market–and, as Buster Olney points out, given the Greinke deal and some of the other signings this winter, that the “extension request by Dickey looks very reasonable.”

Despite their seeming unwillingness to extend him at that rate, New York clearly knows this, as Andy Martino of the Daily News tweets that even Olt on his own won’t be enough to get the Mets to trade their Cy Young winner.

Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the difficulty of finding the right value for both sides in a piece at Fox Sports, using both the Rangers and Olt and the Jays as examples.

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If anybody can make sense of this one (other than the obvious ie: they’re not ready and/or good enough), I’m all ears. In order to make room for Brandon Morrow and Yunel Escobar, the Jays optioned Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria back down to Triple-A. On August 24th, one week before the rosters expand. While Mike McCoy stays up and Colby Rasmus obviously nurses an injury.

On the same night the Red Sox get a do-over on a quarter billion dollars of seemingly sunk costs. After another loss to the motherfucking playoff-aspirant Baltimore fucking Orioles – a game in which Chris Davis hit three home runs! CHRIS DAVIS!

Anything else happen today? Fuck me, I need a drink.

During Saturday’s curious evening game from Fenway Park I could hold my tongue no longer on a subject that had been distressing me for most of the week, blurting into the sports bar atmosphere that is Twitter during a live event that Anthony Gose kinda doesn’t look ready for the Major Leagues.

Some agreed, while others were aghast that I would make such a statement while seeing him in MLB action for only the third time.

Of course, you can parse my words to see that there’s really nothing inflammatory in them– I wasn’t suggesting anything’s changed about Gose’s long-term projection, just that he looks a little overwhelmed as a 21-year-old making the jump to the Majors after just 433 plate appearances in Triple-A. But I can’t deny that it may have seemed a little strange, seeing as I generally tend to want to keep pushing samples size as far as I possibly before relenting to whatever conclusion the masses guts had been telling them for months (see: Cordero, Francisco).

Thing is, though, Gose has looked overmatched, and for a guy who came to the Majors with the reputation of having all kinds of crazy tools, except the one where… y’know… he hits, it’s not exactly been the kind of start to his career that has you praising the Jays for their acumen in deciding that he was the player who deserved to get called up when Jose Bautista went down.

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Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus has been fielding all sorts of questions this afternoon, mostly relating to Jays fans being unable to process reality when it comes to Anthony Gose– who, it should be noting, won’t necessarily be making his MLB debut tonight, as Ben Francisco gets the start in right with somewhat-difficult left-hander CC Sabathia on the hill for New York.

And Goldstein’s got plenty of other stuff too. Let’s watch!

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