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Richard Griffin’s latest for the Toronto Star contradicts earlier reports from Bob Elliott of the Sun that suggested the Blue Jays were actively shopping Colby Rasmus in their quest to find pitching.

“Will Colby Rasmus be traded?” he asks. “It may very well happen this winter, but contrary to rumours, the Jays have not been shopping their power-hitting centre fielder…although he has been very popular whenever the Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos picks up his phone.”

He mostly ends up suggesting that the Jays and Cubs are still the best fit, for some kind of a deal involving Jeff Samardzija, though the fact that Alex Anthopoulos is very reluctant to move his top pitching prospects– as, according to Griffin, he dreams “for a similar situation to the ’13 Cardinals, how Michael Wacha and Trevor Rosenthal emerged, coming on like freight trains in the second half and the post-season”– is making it hard to get anything done. Though, he tells us, there is still time for the clubs to figure it all out.

Gregor Chisholm focusses in on Samardzija as well, in a new post at his North Of The Border blog, giving some quick thoughts on all of the hot topics around the Jays from down there in Orlando. One of those is also on Rasmus, who “is just one year away from a massive payday as a free agent and that has a very negative impact on his overall value.”

“The Blue Jays don’t need another back-end starter — they already have plenty of those — they need someone that can easily be a candidate for the top three,” he continues. “If the club couldn’t get that for Jose Bautista then it’s incredibly hard to believe they’d be able to get that for Rasmus.”

Wait, they couldn’t??? And now they’re done trying???

I’m sure he doesn’t mean it quite that way, and I see his point there, for sure.

Meanwhile, after word broke last night about the possibility of Rasmus being moved, ol’ @FlorenceFalcon0 (aka Tony Rasmus IV) weighed in on the situation…

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I’m not sure if he was just “hearing” this from Bob Elliott’s report, which I addressed last night, but here’s Joel Sherman of the New York Post in the vaguest of terms on Colby Rasmus:

It remains a smart move to consider on the Jays’ part, with the very cheap Anthony Gose already in the fold, and able to contribute enough with the glove and on the bases to keep his bat in the lineup, and with Rasmus staring at free agency a year from now, where another strong season– which is hardly a given– will push his price to astronomical, Ellsbury-like levels.

Colby did make mechanical adjustments over his first couple of years in Toronto, the culmination of which may have been his outstanding 2013 season, but the BABIP– oh, man, the BABIP. For his career, when he’s put the ball in play, Rasmus has hit .298 over 2600 plate appearances. However, in his two outstanding, four-plus win seasons in 2010 and 2013 the mark spiked, jumping to .354 and .356 in those years respectively.

I don’t know if you can quite call those proper outliers, given that we’re talking about two of his five full, big league seasons, but it’s a bit scary to think about where his bat ended up in the other three years, posting wRC+’s of 89, 90, and 83.

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Bob Elliott’s latest for the Toronto Sun cuts straight to the point from the first patented Sun-style sentenceragraph:

Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching.

Well, OK then. That’s not entirely surprising, and if another team bites with interest in giving up a huge arm for him, I can understand why the club would be comfortable going with Anthony Gose in centre.

That may seem inconsistent to those who’ve noticed how not comfortable I am with the suggestions of having Ryan Goins play second base, but it’s really based on two things: the fact that Gose brings his elite defence to a position that’s more important than second base, and the fact that he’s two-and-a-half years younger than Goins, and having about the same amount of success. In fact, Gose was in New Hampshire a year before Goins, and at three-and-a-half years younger, he put up a .348 wOBA to Goins’ .336. Neither setup is ideal, of course.

Speaking of Rasmus, though, here’s a thought: as we discussed in the last post, the Reds may be looking to deal a starter. One of the possibilities there for them would be moving Homer Bailey rather than keeping him as he heads into his last season before free agency. Billy Hamilton is pencilled in to play centre for Cincinnati, but if they want him to get more seasoning before handing him the job– his line in his first crack at triple-A was just .256/.308/.343– or if they move Brandon Phillips with the thought of shifting Hamilton to second base, maybe Rasmus for Bailey works. Both are in their final arbitration years– with Rasmus projected to make about $3-million less– and they both occupy a position of strength for their current clubs, and would be moving to a position of weakness the the acquiring team in a deal.

Just crazy enough to work? Hmmm…

So… there’s that.

There’s also another interesting angle in Elliott’s latest, but I’ll save that for the next post!

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What do Salvador Perez, Torii Hunter, Coco Crisp, Carlos Santatna, Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Jones, Jason Kipnis, and David Ortiz all have in common?

They all received votes for the American League MVP award, despite being less valuable– by FanGraphs’ WAR– and playing more games than Colby Rasmus.

Now, WAR is hardly an argument-ender. There are far too many valid arguments to be had within it for me to be able to sit back right now, cross my arms, and marvel at the wondrous job I’ve done in arguing for Colby’s superiority over those guys. It’s a complex number that does a very, very good job– in my view– of giving the appropriate weight to the various components of performance that, added together, make up the totality of a player’s on-field value. Yet there can be elements of what a player contributes that are not quantified within its boundaries, and one can quibble with either the weightings, or what “replacement level” is, or with something like its reliance on a one-year sample of fluctuating and imperfect defensive metrics like UZR,

Still, though, more than any tool we currently have at our disposal, WAR is able to distill all of what a player did on the field and spit it out as a single number. And when you look at those numbers for American League players in 2013, Rasmus ranked 14th, despite having played fewer games than anybody ahead of him, save for the Twins’ Joe Mauer.

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A swelling-faced Colby Rasmus leaves the field in the middle of the first inning.

Update:

The Jays have finally given the medical update on Colby Rasmus, and it’s actually not so bad. Meaning, mind you, in this season of broken dreams (and now broken faces) that it’s not catastrophic– and that his vision is fine. Rasmus is, however, shut down for the season, and while preliminary X-rays showed no broken bones, he’s remaining in the hospital for further tests, and they’ll be able to tell for sure what’s going on once the swelling goes down.

Don’t believe me? Here are the relevant tweets:

Original Post: 

There isn’t a whole lot for me to do here but to completely ape the work done by theScore‘s Blake Murphy, so… let’s do that. And while I’m at it, let’s make a pitch for my employers, and remind you that you already would have seen all of this on your fancy mobile device if you had only downloaded the spectacular-looking and real-time news update-filled theScore app.

Or maybe that’s too light approach to take for the opening of a post on somebody who has wound up in the hospital– especially when it’s a player in the midst of what’s hopefully a breakout season (and not another 2010-like tease preceding two years in the wilderness). Not only that, but when it’s an injury to not just his face, but in the area of his eye, which is vital to not just his career, but his quality of life.

Of course, now I’ve probably erred on the side of being a little too heavy about it, but I think that’s OK. Let’s hope that’s the case and this is all very precautionary.

In case you missed the game tonight, Colby Rasmus wasn’t a late scratch from the Jays’ lineup tonight, technically. He was in the starting lineup and would have taken an at-bat in the top of the first inning, had his turn come up. It didn’t, so he took the field with his teammates and set about warming up to play some defence.

It was at that point that this happened (GIF by way of Kazuto Yamazaki via NESN):

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Here’s something to mildly brighten our sorry, sorry lives as we wait for this miserable fucking season to end– and I don’t just mean that sweet picture above– Edwin Encarnacion will return to the Jays’ lineup tonight as the designated hitter, while Colby Rasmus is feeling good too, and is in tonight’s lineup as well!

Don’t believe me? OK. But would you believe that Jays’ official Twitter feed?

BLAM!

Barry Davis was the first to tweet tonight’s lineup, which features Encarnacion hitting third and Rasmus hitting sixth.

I dunno. Beats thinking about the long, sad downfall of Ricky Romero, or most of what I’m going to talk about in my next post…

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Back for another week of highlighting the best in unofficial Blue Jays merchandise. Not sure how long I’ll keep doing this, but if (good) shirts keep flowing in, I’ll keep it up. Let’s take a look see at some great Jays shirts that y’all have been sending us.

The Colby Rasmus ‘MURICA Bald Eagle Shirt: Of all the shirts that we’ve received from r/TorontoBlueJays, this is the best one so far. Not to mention the description: Celebrate the patriotic season with this shirt, featuring Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, a bald eagle, stars, and some motherfucking fighter jets. Read the rest of this entry »