Anyone have a preference between Conger, Navarro and Hannigan for backup catcher? Or someone else?
Before checking their stats, I favoured Conger. Younger, maybe some small potential left, possibly good framing results in the past.
After checking their stats, we might as well give Jimenez a shot
their source directly, Rum Bunter gives us this: The "Blue Jays have
tried to talk a mega-deal with Pirates about Cutch and [lefty reliever
Tony] Watson. Names coming back would have been Guerrero, Reid-Foley,
Biagini, Tollez [sic], Harold Ramirez. These were the main names
involved obviously nothing has gotten done. With the Jays close to
signing Bautista that likely ends talks for now."
some wild stuff right there, and some fans will have a hard time
believing it, given that this is a front office that reportedly scolded
Alex Anthopoulos for trading away prospects, and that seemed so hung up
this winter on getting draft picks.
But it doesn't quite say that
the Jays went all in with all these names at once. It simply says that
they "tried to talk" about a McCutchen-Watson deal, and that these were
the names involved in the discussion. Talking is a long way from
actually getting something done, and so maybe the Jays were simply
exploring how far they'd have to go to really get the Pirates'
Or maybe, after a year with the previous regime's farm
system, they've made their own evaluations, and feel that these are the
guys at the top of their system who they see as being overvalued by the
industry. Or maybe some are and some would have been the cost of doing
Martinez caught 5 games total in 2013 and 2014 and has not caught since. I think it's fair to say his catching career is over.
Yeah, but is that reason the fact that they were specifically targeted for being strong defensively? Or because that profile of player is basically all that's available in the pool of backup catcher candidates?
You may well be right that this is by design. But I don't know that I agree that a backup catcher who provides more offense than defense is by definition a bad thing. Just having a backup catcher who does anything useful is a nice bonus. For all we know, Saltalamacchia works well with pitchers, even if he's a lousy thrower. As John mentioned, Piazza's pitchers always had good things to say about him despite what the world thought of his defense.
Yes, except now you're subjecting yourself to the perils of small samples, further aggravated by the quality of opposition pitching being all over the map.
Unless one of the minor leaguers dazzles (and I don't know what that threshold even looks like), I think Saltalamacchia will get the benefit of the doubt given all his MLB experience.
The manager of the KC Royals has free reign. As did the manager of the KC Monarchs. What's with all the blue blood in Missouri? Is it the state's French origins?
I recall talk around here after his very short rookie season to be insanely enthusiastic, reminiscent of the talk after Josh Phelps hit the scene.
His career OPS split is 624/728, with normal BABIP splits of 289/298.
I don't imagine Gibbons will be pushing much to get complete innings out of Howell, so 50 innings in 65 outings, as he has done over the past few years, may be what we are in store for.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers sang about dreaming of a blue Angel.
Teenage boys have other things in mind when alluding to blue angels.
Would this Angel in blue make fans blue?
Do pagans believe in angels?
So many questions.
Upton left TB a highly useful player. Then:
SD Upton is not so long ago, so I can see the hope of a return to this not-so-distant form. But those decent 550 AB are sandwiched by 1000 really, truly, horribly crappy AB.
If magic happens, he is SD Upton once again. If it doesn't, he is at best a short-side platooner and defensive replacement (worth the money he is getting from Toronto, but not worthy of playing against RHP).
I agree that this is a very possible scenario. Gibbons has Carrera and Upton sharing the load against RHP, hoping that one of them magically does the job. When they don't, Pompey gets his shot at those at-bats if he is hitting well enough in AAA and gives the organization no choice but to make the move.
Have I missed it or is no one in the Toronto media even talking about this as a threat to his health and performance this year?