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The Saturday Night Notebook

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A day after the deal the Blue Jays had with Ronald Belisario fell through because he did like the proposed opt-out language the Blue Jays went and added another bullpen arm to the roster signing Tiago da Silva to a minor-league deal. da Silva spent last year in the Mexican League. He had a league high 29 saves and in 61 innings pitched he struck out 75 and only allowed 12 walks. He did pitch this winter in the Venezuelan league pitching 30 innings allowing 31 hits, striking out 37 and only walking three.  So we can now add another bullpen arm to the mix to compete for spots in the Blue Jays pen.

Speaking of Belisario, according to a tweet sent out by MLB Trade Rumors has signed a minor-league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Perhaps they had better opt-out language included in the deal.

TOP 100 PROSPECTS LIST RELEASED

The MLB Network released their list of top 100 prospects on Friday. Four Blue Jays prospects made the list. Daniel Norris was ranked 17th, Dalton Pompey was 43rd, Aaron Sanchez was 44th and Jeff Hoffman was ranked 87th. I was surprised that Norris was ranked as high up the list as he was and that Sanchez was as low as he was on the list. I’m sure that Hoffman would have been ranked higher up the list if he wasn’t coming off Tommy John Surgery and had missed last season. The other interesting thing out of the four Blue Jays listed only two of them, Sanchez and Pompey are likely to be on the big league roster come opening day.

DUQUETTE, AGAIN

Hey, it’s the story that just won’t die, no, seriously. Dan Duquette was asked Saturday if there was any substance to the Toronto rumours and according to a Associated Press report he said that yes there was substance to the rumours.

“A lot of times, players will be a trade rumour and sometimes managers get traded,” Duquette said. “It’s even more rare that executives get traded, but occasionally it happens. It’s a unique experience. I think when you have a good team and you do well, people take notice.”

When asked if the Toronto rumours took away from his job with the Orioles Duquette said;

“It’s important for the Orioles fans to know that my focus — and my singular focus — is on improving the team, We do that day by day, trade by trade, addition by addition. We did that this year in the off-season like we’ve done it in the past.”

With that said, let’s hope this is the last of this story, unfortunately though, it could very well rear it’s ugly head next winter when the Jays look for Paul Beeston’s replacement.

SUPER BOWL PREDICTIONS

The Blue Jays tweeted out a list of some of the Blue Jays players and managements predictions for the game tomorrow night, most of them looked normal, until you came to Brett Cecil’s prediction, Cecil has the Patriots winning 60-0. Of the 13 predictions only four of them were for New England, Cecil, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and Aaron Sanchez. Of the 13 predictions, only three had the game being decided by more than a touchdown.

With the Super Bowl tomorrow night it marks the end of the Football season, but more importantly it marks the countdown to the time for pitchers and catchers to report. The Blue Jays report February 23rd.

Only 23 more days till we can actually start seeing pictures and video of players doing baseball activities in Dunedin!

I can’t wait.

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Looking At The Blue Jays September Call-up Candidates

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

With the rosters expanding on Monday it’s a good time to look at the possible players that could be candidates to be added to the Blue Jays Roster.

1. Anthony Gose
Gose has been one of the many Blue Jays that have been up and down all season between Buffalo and Toronto. Gose has actually played a career high 69 games with the Blue Jays while playing 49 in Buffalo. Gose also has been on a tear recently in Buffalo, including a game earlier this week when he was a triple short of hitting for the cycle and he also had 6 RBI that game. Gose will add some speed to the team which will be much-needed and could be very well be used off the bench and possibly in a platoon with Kevin Pillar in Centre Field.

2. Rob Rasmussen
The Lefthander has spent a couple of different stints with the Blue Jays and will provide some much-needed bullpen depth and help lessen the workload of the sometimes overworked Bullpen. In 11 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays Rasmussen has allowed four runs on eight hits he has also struck out 13 while walking seven.

3. Ryan Goins
Goins has had two stints with the Blue Jays with the last stint ending as a casualty of needing a fresh arm after the Blue Jays 19 inning win over the Tigers August 10th. Just as the concerns last season, the offence has again been a problem for Goins as he has hit .197/.222/.262 in 132 plate appearances with the Blue Jays. His defence at second is better than any other current option on the Blue Jays roster and most likely would get playing time against right handers and could also be a late inning defensive replacement.

4. Daniel Norris
Norris who has been on the fast track path to the Majors this season. Norris started in Single A, was promoted to Double A New Hampshire where he made eight starts and was recently promoted to the Bisons where he has made four starts. John Lott tweeted today that Alex Anthopoulos has said that the plan was to not have Norris make his next start and have him pitch out of the bullpen, and the way Anthopoulos has been hinting Norris could take the same path as Aaron Sanchez has and pitch out of the bullpen. It would be another lefty out of the pen and would probably have the best fastball out of the current left handers in the bullpen and could be used in high leverage spots to help out the pen.

Blue Jays 8 Tampa Bay 5; Post Game Thoughts

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AP / Mike Carlson

 

It wasn’t the prettiest of outings for Mark Buehrle but in the end he exited the game with a 5-2 lead and what should have been 11th win of the season. Unfortunately Dustin McGowan couldn’t make the lead stick as he came on with two out in the bottom of the seventh and promptly walked the first two batters he faced before serving up a three run homer to Sean Rodriguez. McGowan would walk one more batter before being replaced by Aaron Loup who got the Jays out of the inning. Loup would work a scoreless eighth before the Jays could score three runs in the top of the ninth, the big blow was Steve Tolleson’s two run single off Grant Balfour. Casey Janssen would come in and work a three-up three-down ninth for his 14th save of the season.

Speaking of the Jays’ bullpen, Ken Rosenthal tweeted out Friday that the Blue Jays are interested in the Rangers Joakim Soria, but are also looking internally at the possibility of bringing up Aaron Sanchez and letting him work out of the pen. Rosenthal also tweeted later that Daniel Norris could also be a bullpen option for the Blue Jays. Regardless of which way they decide, the Blue Jays could really use some bullpen help. Dustin McGowan hasn’t been really spot on lately and as Kyle Matte at Drunk Jays Fans pointed out last week were the Jays playing with fire when it came to McGowan. Matte goes on to explain that even though McGowan’s numbers looked good, if you looked deeper into his numbers you would see that his strikeout rate was way down and his strand rate and BABIP numbers were totally unsustainable. The more time goes on I think Matte was onto something even if he was looking at a rather small sample size at the time.

The Blue Jays injuries also piled up Friday night as they lost both Nolan Reimold and Munenori Kawasaki to injuries, Kawasaki to right hamstring tightness and Reimold to a left calf strain. Both were listed as day-to-day.

On the bright side, Alex Anthopoulos, who is in Tampa Bay this weekend, said after the game Friday night that Adam Lind could be back to baseball activities in two to three weeks, so that’s good news for the Blue Jays as they try to stay afloat in the AL East till they get some of their players back and healthy again. AA also commented on the whole storm caused by Lind’s comment about his mom telling him to get a MRI, calling it a non-story. So I suppose Jeff Blair’s supposed sources within the team being pissed at Lind were just a way to give him something to talk about. It also seems like the bridge burning comment was also based on falsities.

The Blue Jays announced Friday night that they are skipping J.A Happ in the rotation on Sunday and starting R.A Dickey on regular rest on Sunday. I guess when things have been as dire as they have been lately you do what ever you can to try to help yourself as a team.

The Blue Jays might also not have to face David Price this weekend after all. Price was sent home sick on Friday and scratched from his Saturday start and may not start on Sunday, advantage Blue Jays now.

With AA in Tampa let the conspiracy theorists begin with Price being scratched from his start. Personally if Price is moved I believe it will be closer to the deadline and not at the All-Star break.

The Blue Jays send Drew Hutchison to the mound Saturday afternoon against the Rays Jake Odorizzi. First pitch goes at 4:10 pm.

The Wednesday Night Notebook

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Getty Images

 

The Jays dropped the finale of their three game set with the Angels 8-7, it was a game where again the offence got on base as they had 12 hits, but they couldn’t cash in on enough of their opportunities as the Jays stranded 12 runners.

The Blue Jays move on to Tampa Bay where they close out the first half with a three game set with the Rays. Winning a series at the Trop could go a long ways for this battered bunch as they limp into the break.

INSTANT REPLAY STRIKES AGAIN!

Less than a week after getting hosed on a call at the plate, the Blue Jays had it happen again when Jose Reyes wasn’t tagged as he came to the plate. Reyes advanced from third when C.J Cron’s throw from first missed third base, only problem was is that instead of going out towards left field it bounced off the wall right to Erick Aybar who threw to home where Hank Conger appeared to miss Reyes with the tag. Had Reyes slid into home it’s probably not even close. John Gibbons went out to challenge the play and it came back as inconclusive. Once again replay gets it wrong. It’s time to get rid of it until they can properly do it. Remember the reason they have it in the first place is to get the calls right and they haven’t been able to do that lately. Gibby did let his frustrations be known that he was more frustrated that Melky Cabrera didn’t tell Reyes to slide and that it cost a run.

LIND OUT
The biggest news came after the game when news broke that Adam Lind will miss the next six to eight weeks with a fractured foot. Lind is headed to Charlotte to seek a second opinion Lind originally injured the foot when he fouled a ball off of the foot, at the time the Jays diagnosed it as a bone bruise and told Lind that playing on it wouldn’t aggravate it any worse. After it wasn’t getting any better his mother urged him to get an MRI on his foot, It was after the MRI that the fracture was discovered.

So, yeah, 2014 is slowly starting to morph into the last two season injuries wise. But it does beg the question, what the hell is the Blue Jays training staff doing? Shouldn’t they have sought a MRI when it was apparent that the injury wasn’t getting any better? I’m sure playing through it made it worse, he did foul a ball off that same foot Thursday night in Oakland and did not look right trying to run down a foul ball. It was clear to most that something wasn’t right.

So now with Lind out till most likely September, expect to see Dan Johnson get the call to take Lind’s spot on the roster. Johnson, 34, has hit 251/405/479 in Buffalo this season with 17 HR and 54 RBI in 92 games.

URGENCY TO MAKE A DEAL MOUNTING
As has been written just about anywhere lately, with the team struggling to battle through the injuries, there is an urgency for Alex Anthopoulos to make a move to help the team out and now with the news of Lind’s injury that urgency is sure to be ratcheted up over the next few weeks as the trade deadline gets closer. The Yankees got the bad news that Masahiro Tanaka went on the DL with elbow inflammation. If he is out long-term it turns the East into a two team race with the Orioles and the Blue Jays.

As for the trade rumours involving the Jays, they have seemed to die down after there were rumours on Monday that a Chase Headley deal was close, but nothing did happen. Today it came out that the Padres had asked for Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey. I would think that AA would balk at that asking price. I know that playing on turf would not help Headley’s back issues that have plagued him this season.

In reality I wouldn’t be overly surprised if AA’s next move wasn’t off the waiver wire, Alfonso Soriano might be a bat that could maybe help the Blue Jays down the stretch, I know his numbers stink so far this season, but maybe a change of scenery wouldn’t hurt and it would be a low risk move to try to help the roster till Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion return from their injuires.

HELP WANTED
The Food Banks of Canada put out a notice on their Facebook page looking for help during the Lady Jays food drive August 8-10.

Friends,

If you are a Toronto Blue Jays fan or just enjoy meeting new people while helping a great cause – we’re looking for you! We have a great event coming up and we’re looking for volunteers – and you can bring your friends and family!

We’re excited to announce that the LADY JAYS (the wives and partners of the Toronto Blue Jays) are hosting their annual Lady Jays Food Drive – in support of those in need in the Toronto area and across Canada.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to come and help out at this fun food drive, during the weekend of the Toronto Blue Jays home game against the Detroit Tigers.

Location: Rogers Centre, Toronto
Date: Friday August 8th, Saturday August 9th and Sunday August 10th
Time: during the few hours preceding the Toronto Blue Jays games

Volunteers will be positioned at different gates at the Rogers Centre selling mystery bags with Blue Jays paraphernalia and collecting food and funds from fans who are attending the game. There will be the Lady Jays to help out and volunteer with us at each gate!

This event is always a lot of fun and a great way to spend the day. For more details on this volunteer opportunity e-mail Lauren at lauren@foodbankscanada.ca

I’ve been told that each volunteer gets a ticket to the game. It’s a great way to help a great cause and give back to the community.

2013 looking more like 2012, And Could John Farrell Possibly Be Right?

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When did the 2013 Blue Jays morph into the 2012 Blue Jays?

With the opening day outfielders on the disabled list and Maicer Izturis likely headed there at some point this week, this season is eerily starting to look like the end of 2012. Even the record is identical after 127 games at 57-70.

The pitching has been disappointing this year, just like last year. And now with all the injuries the offence is starting to dry up like it did last August when you could have mistaken the Jays for their Triple A team.

This year wasn’t supposed to be this way. Ownership had finally shown they gave a shit, they let Alex Anthopolous open the purse strings, He went out and got what he thought would be the players to help put this team over the top. The marketing department went into overdrive with the hype and even Sportsnet got into the fun showing the 92 and 93 World Series Games.

This team was supposed to be playing meaningful baseball in September, but yet again this September will not see any for the Blue Jays.

And on top of all that we now have former manager and Public Enemy Number One John Farrell lobbing shots at AA. Who knows, Farrell may actually be right. When was the last truly homegrown star that the Jays developed? Roy Halladay? Travis Snider was supposed to be the next big star but flamed out and has proven that he can’t be that star at the next level. The only homegrown Jays on the 25 man roster is J.P Arencibia and Adam Lind who has been up and down this year, and J.P has regressed this year.

As Farrell pointed out to Masslive.com that the big focus in Toronto was on Scouting, and called them a scouting based organization and then says they need to focus more on development. I don’t know if we will find out if Farrell is right for a few years since the Studs like Sanchez and Norris are a few years away yet and some of the other pitchers like Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin could be a year or two away.

In the past it was fair to say that the Jays could find the talent but couldn’t seem to get them to the next level. I’m not so sure now that Alex Anthopolous has rebuilt the scouting departments and the farm system that it’s a fair point anymore. Even the prospects they traded last winter could be solid big leaguers. Mind you Travis d’Arnaud isn’t a true homegrown player from the Jays system since they acquired him in the Roy Halladay deal with the Phillies. Also Noah Syndergard who was also included in the Dickey deal started the futures game and has scouts raving about him.

Maybe Alex Anthopolous has the Jays future headed in the right direction despite what Farrell has to say. And as one person on twitter tweeted today it’s easy to lob missles when your team is in first place.