Ricky Romero and Mike Nickeas have been outrighted off of the Jays’ 40-man roster, according to an annoucement from the club, which comes via a tweet from Brendan Kennedy (and others). Alex Anthopoulos said that he told Ricky this would likely happen, so… nothing to see here.
“Every player on a team has a range of possible performance outcomes. Everyone has a high end, a low end and the most likely outcome in the middle. And if more players are performing toward the top half of that range, and the manager has something to do with that, the manager is absolutely valuable. It’s still players first. You have to have talent to win. But I dismiss that a manager can’t be more than his strategy,” says Red Sox GM Ben Cherington in a Jeff Passan piece at Yahoo! Sports, sort of trying to deify John Farrell. There is, of course, no way to say whether the manager does have something to do with that, but it’s not an unfair statement. Of course, we all know Farrell wasn’t magic here, and the Red Sox sure have been helped by adding Shane Victorino, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster, Jake Peavy, Koji Uehara, Stephen Drew, Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, a healthier Jacoby Ellsbury, a healthy David Ortiz, a not shitty Buchholz, Lester, and Doubrount, and a breakout from Daniel Nava. So…
How do you spell non-tender? Based on MLBTR‘s look at the Jays’ arbitration eligibles, I’d spell it: “they project $2.8-million for J.P. Arencibia.”
Richard Griffin wrote this week in the Toronto Star that the Jays need to make catching a priority, because a catcher will magically make pitchers better. In doing so, he suggests Alex Anthopoulos is delusional if he thinks, as the GM said, that adding one starter is the place to spend all of his extra payroll– I’d suggest, however, that it’s probably more delusional to take too seriously the words of a GM not looking to tip his hand as the trade market heats up. He also writes this absolute fucking horseshit: “At the Jays’ Sunday presser, Anthopoulos admitted that perhaps they didn’t value defence highly enough when it came to building the 2013 Jays. This coming from a guy that has been GM and an assistant GM with a major-league club since 2003,” adding, “Unbelievable it took this long.” Yes, because the guy who had to have Anthony Gose, aggressively promoted A.J. Jimenez, stuck with Colby Rasmus through two bad seasons at the plate, traded for Yunel Escobar, signed Adeiny Hechavarria out of Cuba, and acquired Jose Molina in the first place (and left him only when it meant a draft pick) just learned in 2013 that defence is a thing. Like, for fuck sakes.