No, really, it’s an actual post! Or, at the very least it’s a half-assed link dump. Actually, though, there might be more posts by the end of this week than there were last week, which… isn’t really saying much, is it?
Shi Davidi writes about Marty Brown’s resignation from the Buffalo Bisons for Sportsnet. In short: he was a Farrell guy who didn’t really see a big league future with the organization after getting passed over for a spot on the club’s reconfigured coaching staff (the last spot of which went to Baseball Canada man, and former Ottawa Lynx manager, Tim Leiper).
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith worries about the Jays’ bench, which… it sure would be helped by the club running a smaller bullpen, but I don’t know. It’s a bench, it’s not going to be great. Plus, Erik Kratz is going to be a sneaky good pickup, I suspect. (No, you’re delirious.)
Brian McTaggart, who covers the Astros for MLB.com, looks at a snag that club has hit in their pursuit of a new Spring Training facility in Palm Beach Gardens– which they are, reportedly, to share with the Blue Jays. The project, he says, “is being reconsidered after the city agreed to allow Palm Beach County officials to investigate whether another location would better suit the city, county and teams.”
Ben Badler of Baseball America writes that it could be a merry Christmas for the MLB clubs salivating over Masahiro Tanaka– among whom I believe the Jays are one– as that may be the day when we learn whether or not he’s being posted. Of course, they could also find a lump of coal in their stockings.
I’ve never been to the Winter Meetings, and after reading Jeb Lund’s outstanding piece for SB Nation on what it’s like for the job seekers and those who don’t otherwise have a foot in the industry’s door, I don’t feel so bad about that. Not that I wouldn’t find action in the bar, I’m sure, but it doesn’t seem conducive to doing the kind of work I want to do anyway, even if for a “media” person it might not be quite so grim. Bottom line: it’s a great read, regardless of how I’ve tried to shoehorn my own feelings into it.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm talks to California native Casey Janssen, who is about to experience his first white Christmas, spending the holiday with his girlfriend in Fort Erie.
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Gregor looks at the dwindling number of options the Jays have to supplant Ryan Goins at second base, which… they totally should be aiming to do. Lots of people are getting edgy that they actually won’t do anything at all, but I remain rather unconvinced. Alex Anthopoulos is saving all his bullets– be it money or trade chips– for a top pitcher, and waiting out the market in hopes that prices for those go down as clubs like the Rangers and Yankees take themselves out of the running by finalizing their 2014 payrolls, hitting up against their self-imposed budgets, or moving their most attractive pieces elsewhere. Once he knows where that’s going, he’ll have a chance to do other things. The off-season is far from over.
Ben Nicholson-Smith also looks at second base options in a piece at Sportsnet, and has another, similar, one on the pitching market.
Meanwhile, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star gives us five moves that the Jays could conceivably still pull off this winter– most of which seem to have real low odds of actually happening, but still!
Lastly, a bunch of great stuff from Getting Blanked, as Drew gives an excellent rundown of the Shin-Soo Choo signing, Jack Moore continues his outstanding Primary Sources series, and I join Drew, along with Parkes and Scott Lewis, to give you the gift of holiday embarrassment by continuing the tradition of the year-end quiz on the latest edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast. Warning: holy piss we were bad. Jedd fucking Gyorko.