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The draft deadline is complete and in the next day or two the jury will render its opinion on the Jays draft, now that we know who is signing and who isn't. The riskiest move of the day was Tyler Beede turning down $2.5m to go to college. I hope it works out for the kid but unfortunately for him a lot has to go right to make it worthwhile financially.
The evidence offered essentially breaks down to anonymous player reports (seemingly from a single bullpen), statistical cherrypicking, and the extreme unusualness of the Jay's 2010 offensive season. None of these on their own are convincing, but according to ESPN when put together they mean that "every pitch to a Blue Jay in Toronto is worth watching" which is of course meaningless pablum, but which again seems intended to implicate that the Jays are doing something illegal or unethical.
So are the Blue Jays stealing signs illegally? I have no honest idea. I'm sure they are relaying pitch location from second base with runners on; plenty of teams do that, and the Jays seems to be at the forefront of that. I'm willing to acknowledge that it's within the realm of possibility that the Jays are even going farther than that - not especially likely, but not completely improbably either. Mostly though, I think it's unfortunate that ESPN decided to run with what seems like at best a highly circumstantial set of allegations that are not backed up by it's own reporting. Let's review.
In an odd, that''s-gonna-fail stab at addressing a problematic hole in left field, earlier today the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed "hitting" outfielder Juan Rivera and cash from the Jays for a player to be named or cash. In a related move, to create roster space, LA OF Marcus Thames was designated for assignment.
In another thread, long-time Bauxite MatO captured this deal perfectly with the comment, "Who made the Rivera deal? The bankruptcy judge? "
When was the last time we were in that situation? With a 3-4 hole in the lineup as strong as its been since (ever?). Certainly since Green/Delgado.
Is Bautista-Lind indeed the best one-two punch the Jays have had in their lineup since then?
It was “even steven” on the farm Friday, but Pitchers were knocked around pretty hard and the bats were nothing to write home about. So 3-3 on the night actually sounds a lot better than the performances turned in by the affiliates.
On the noose around your neck.
The Jays finish their 10 game road trip tonight in Dee-troit, a 6.05 start, making up for an earlier rain out. The Jays then get 6 at home (Pirates, Halladay's) and 7 on the road (Red Sox, Cleveland's) before the All-Star Break. Let's ruminate.
With all the focus on the draft and the status of Brett Lawrie's third metacarpal the big boys continue their winning ways in Kansas City. It wasn't a pretty victory, the bullpen tried to give it back, but an ugly win is still a win.
Today it's a day game at 3pm Toronto time. Ricky Romero takes on Luke Hochever, the Jays have to be favourites in that match-up.