Archive for October, 2012

Blue Jays Offseason Rumours – October 31, 2012

A few odds and ends, as per MLB Trade Rumours:

-The Blue Jays have exercised their 2013 option for left-hander Darren Oliver, the team announced. The club also declined their option for Rajai Davis, but re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $2.5MM.

Oliver, 42, pitched to a 2.06 ERA in 56 2/3 innings this season. He’ll earn $3MM next year. The 32-year-old Davis hit .257/.309/.378 with 46 stolen bases this year. His club option was worth $3MM. 

-The Indians announced their 2013 coaching staff, and it includes Sandy Alomar Jr. as the bench coach, former Astros manager Brad Mills as the third base coach and former MLB catcher Kevin Cash as the bullpen coach.

Alomar isn’t out of the running for the Blue Jays‘ managerial opening, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca notes.

-Of the team’s four free agents — Kelly Johnson, Brandon Lyon, Jason Frasor and Carlos Villanueva — the most likely to return is Frasor or Lyon. The bullpen has become a position of depth, however, with the acquisitions of Steve Delabar and Brad Lincoln. Sergio Santos should return in 2013 as well. That could mean all four free agents will find new homes.

Anibal Sanchez will probably get an “extended look,” according to Chisholm, but it’s more likely that GM Alex Anthopoulos will upgrade the rotation via trade.

-Free agent starters Ryan Dempster and Edwin Jackson are targets for Toronto, Blair reports. Either right-hander would provide the Blue Jays with some certainty in the middle of a rotation that struggled mightily in 2012 due to injuries and poor performances. Free agents can only sign with their own teams until Saturday.

Ricky Romero Undergoes Surgery, Brian Butterfield Joins Red Sox

A few odds and ends today:

-Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero was expected to need six weeks of recovery time after undergoing arthroscopic left elbow surgery.

The routine procedure was performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum after the regular season ended to clean up the left elbow area, the team said Tuesday in a release. Romero also received PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatments to both knees to enhance the recovery of his quadriceps tendinitis.

The 27-year-old southpaw struggled last season. He finished with a 9-14 record and 5.77 earned-run average.

Romero left his last start of the season on Sept. 30 after only three innings due to a left leg injury.

His off-season throwing program and readiness for spring training were not expected to be affected by the procedures, the team said.

QUICK TAKE: Could this be a reason for Romero’s disastrous 2012 campaign?  This news might actually be a relief for Jays fans if Romero’s struggles were directly related.

-Brian Butterfield will be joining John Farrell in Boston as it was announced today he will be taking the same job for the Red Sox.

QUICK TAKE: To which I tweeted earlier, “Oh no, you mean the #BlueJays will be losing the guy who windmills his arm at third base?  That’ll be tough to replace”.

In all seriousness, I assume the incoming manager (whomever that may be) will want to pick a good majority of his coaching staff anyway.

Blue Jays Offseason Rumours – October 29, 2012

It’s that time again, offseason rumour mill!  I will try to update this as much as possible and still hope to get back to a more regular posting schedule.  Look for some free agency primers by position/need in the next few weeks!  Enjoy, comment and share these links!

-As per MLB trade rumours:

The Angels have explored the possibility of trading Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before Wednesday, the date on which option decisions are due, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. The Angels are not expected to exercise Haren’s $15.5MM option or Santana’s $13MM option.

A rival executive suggested to Heyman that it could be difficult to trade the pitchers given their disappointing performances in 2012. GM Jerry Dipoto wanted to trade Santana last winter, but owner Arte Moreno wanted to keep him, according to Heyman.

I have to think that any pitcher on the market that becomes available will be linked to the Blue Jays given the teams desperate need for some depth in the rotation.  While neither of these names are extremely attractive, if the price was right (aka a salary dump) I might look a little deeper.

-As per MLB trade rumours:

Now that they have sent John Farrell to Boston, the Blue Jays are looking for a new manager. In an article at the Globe and Mail, Jeff Blair suggests this might be “the most important managerial hire in club history.” Blair argues that the Blue Jays should consider former catchers such as Sandy Alomar Jr. and Don Wakamatsu. Here are the latest Blue Jays-related links…

  • The Blue Jays obtained permission from the Diamondbacks to speak to third base coach Matt Williams about their managerial opening, Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports (on Twitter). Williams has also drawn interest from the Rockies.
  • Free agent starters Ryan Dempster and Edwin Jackson are targets for Toronto, Blair reports. Either right-hander would provide the Blue Jays with some certainty in the middle of a rotation that struggled mightily in 2012 due to injuries and poor performances. Free agents can only sign with their own teams until Saturday.

Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#ZGESb27DV4BUZPoR.99

 I would definitely like to see the Blue Jays kick tires on Edwin Jackson and Ryan Dempster.  I’d be more inclined to say EJax could handle the AL East but Dempster did hold his own in the hot summer of Texas in that brutal ballpark during his short stay. 

Blue Jays Not Considering Brad Ausmus, Jim Tracy Or Manny Acta As Manager

The Toronto Blue Jays have still not named a managerial replacement for the recently departed John Farrell however it was learned today that the club will likely not be hiring Brad Ausmus, Jim Tracy or Manny Acta.  I am not surprised to hear that Tracy or Acta won’t be brought aboard but I thought they would at least interview or consider Brad Ausmus.  It’s possible Ausmus doesn’t want to consider the Jays or the team wants a bit more experience.

The favourite in my opinion is still Sandy Alomar Jr but other names that are being tossed around include Tim Wallach, Brian Butterfield and Demario Hale.

Who do you expect to get the job?  Who do you want?

Blue Jays Prospect Report – October 23, 2012 (AFL)

The Arizona Fall league is in full swing, here are a couple Blue Jays updates.

Hitters:

AFL (CF) Jake Marisnick, 1-3, .207, BB (2), SB (2)

Pitchers:

AFL (P) Deck McGuire, 1.1 ip, 1 h, 0 er, 0 bb – 2 k, 1.69

John Farrell To Manage Red Sox In 2013

As per the AP:

The Red Sox are preparing to announce that John Farrell will be their new manager, according to a baseball official with knowledge of the deal to bring the former Boston pitching coach back one year after the ballclub first tried to give him the top job.

The announcement was delayed by the unusual logistics of hiring a manager under contract with another team, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the final procedural steps had not been cleared. But the three-year deal to replace Bobby Valentine could be announced as soon as Sunday, the official said.

The announcement was delayed by the unusual So what are the Blue Jays receiving in compensation and who will be replacing John Farrell as our manager next season?

Word on the street the Blue Jays will announce Sandy Alomar Jr as the teams next manager and utility infielder Mike Aviles will be the compensation piece.  A lot of fans are disappointed at the return of “only” Mike Aviles but I ask you what is the realistic price for a manager who didn’t lead the Blue Jays to even one remotely competitive season?

Shame on you if you thought the Blue Jays were about to receive a game changing pitcher like Daniel Bard or Clay Buchholz for a lame duck manager.  Not saying John Farrell is a horrible manager but let’s be honest he is unproven at best and clearly a guy the Jays weren’t sold on as their commander in chief. 

Farrell is not only unproven but had only one year left on his deal with the Jays and certainly not some hot commodity that would land a hot prospect or a potential top of the rotation arm.  The Miami Marlins had to give up only two third rate prospects to land a World Series winning, big name proven manager in Ozzie Guillen.

I applaud Alex Anthopolous for not letting this drag on and moving the franchise in a new direction with a fresh face at the helm. 

What are your thoughts?

Mike Trout Should Be The American League MVP

I have been having a running debate with my friend about why I believe Mike Trout should win the AL MVP and my main argument is stolen from the mouth of Bill Clinton himself – arithmetic.  A player with five tools having a comparable season offensively is simply more ‘valuable’ than a player who has only two.

Yes, that’s a very simplistic take but is it not the truth?

Let’s compare numbers:

2012 AVG OBP SLG wOBA HR RBI SB UZR WAR
M.Trout .326 .399 .564 .422 30 83 49 13.3 10.4
M.Cabrera .330 .393 .606 .416 44 139 4 -9.2 7.2

Funny thing is Miguel Cabrera was better last season yet because he didn’t win the “triple crown” didn’t garner as much MVP hype.  Last year he slashed a ridiculous 344/448/586 and was worth the same 7.2 WAR.  His defense is putrid and he offers little in the baserunning department.

Miguel Cabrera will undoubtedly win the AL MVP this season and let’s be honest there have been a lot worse past winners for an award like this in the past – ahem, Jimmy Rollins.  However that does not change the fact that depending on your definition of most ‘valuable’ Mike Trout is just so far superior as an overall ballplayer this season.

Yes the 1960s romanticism with the “triple crown” will of course lock down the award for Cabrera whether he achieves that feat or not.  Homeruns are clearly massive but batting average hasn’t been in style as a way to properly gauge players overall ability in decades and RBIs are a direct result of the opportunities being on a good offensive team produce.

Miguel Cabrera is a lock for 200 hits every year and over the course of a season hitting clean-up in a fairly productive line-up will almost guarantee him a good amount of runs batted in.  Place him in the middle of Cleveland, Kansas City or Minnesota’s line-up and that Triple Crown chase is all but over, he just won’t have the same opportunity to drive in runs.

Mike Trout has made major league scouts drool since he was a teenager (only a couple years removed by the way) as he is an outstanding defensive player, hits for huge power, shows highly advanced on-base skills for his age and is an absolute monster on the base-paths. 

Trout has a better wOBA, WAR, UZR and on-base to name just a few key categories.

In short, Trout is having one of the best seasons a 21-year old has ever had.  His offensive numbers are nearly as prolific as Cabrera’s; he plays in a tougher division and just provides more overall ballplayer awesomeness to his team!


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