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Around the AL East: Toronto Blue Jays

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 10, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

There are a handful of impact players still on the free agent market, and a few teams might still have a significant move or two up their sleeves, but at this point we have a decent idea of what other teams in baseball are going to look like next season. There will be some adjustments here and there, but the basic groundwork is set, and we might as well start looking at the four teams competing with the Yankees in the American League East. We’ll start way up north.

jose-bautista-ap2TORONTO BLUE JAYS
2013: 74-88 (fifth place)
Key additions: C Dioner Navarro, INF Chris Getz, C Erik Kratz
Key losses: RHP Josh Johnson, LF Rajai Davis, C J.P. Arencibia, LHP Darren Oliver
Big question: Can the pitching staff do enough to support an already solid lineup?

Coming off a disappointing 2013, the Blue Jays really haven’t done much to improve this offseason. As you can tell from that list of “key” additions, it’s been a pretty quiet winter up in Toronto. But maybe that was the plan, because making a bunch of noise last winter certainly didn’t accomplish very much. Similar to the Yankees, the Blue Jays need some guys to bounce back in a big way.

LINEUP: The Blue Jays have some real power in their lineup. Even if Jose Bautista isn’t a 40-home-run monster any more, he’s still an awfully good hitter. And the Blue Jays also have Edwin Encarnacion (who’s emerged as a significant power threat), Adam Lind (coming off a strong bounce-back season) and Colby Rasmus (who hit 22 homers in 118 games as a center fielder last year). They also have a table-setter in Jose Reyes. That group helps to somewhat mask questions about whether Melky Cabrera can be healthy and productive, whether Brett Lawrie will find some consistency, and whether the Blue Jays can get any sort of production from second base and catcher.

PITCHING: Really, lineup questions are secondary for the Blue Jays. Their bullpen is solid and fairly deep, but their starters’ ERA was the second-worst in baseball last season. And so far, that situation has not been improved (unless you count losing Josh Johnson’s 6.20 ERA as improvement). R.A. Dickey might be better than he was last season, and a healthy Brandon Morrow would bring some relatively high-end potential, but the Blue Jays still need some sort of rotation boost. Maybe they could jump in the mix for Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez? Doesn’t seem to be much noise there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Simply staying healthy might help, but right now it’s hard to see how the Blue Jays have improved upon a team that was easily the worst in the division last year. Adding a starting pitcher would help, but even that might not be enough.

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138 Responses to “Around the AL East: Toronto Blue Jays”

  1. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Mills-

    ?

    ;)

  2. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    I would be interested in Jbau and Reyes in case Jays are in sell mode.

  3. yankeefeminista February 10th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HNgIqKDC4Q

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    The emerging ace of
    The Yankees is clearly Ivan Nova.

  5. pete2 February 10th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    The Blue Jays need pitching. They also can use a new manager. I never understood them bringing back Gibbons. I don’t think players can play to their abilities for this guy. Kind of Bobby Valentine Light IMO.

    Maybe they can sign Drew to play 2B, then deal Reyes for pitching at the deadline (if they eat some salary) and move Drew back to SS.

  6. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    YF – Jmills
    Will be sOrry to have missed your tribute.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock February 10th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    maybe Strohman will be in the mix
    For a ro spot.
    How about it, mills?

  8. Pat M. February 10th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    The Yankee Front Office have thier eye on a shortstop who toils on the Northside of Chicago…. And if they can have their way he’ll be position player # 6. It may very well cost them at least their clearly emerging Ace

  9. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Pat M.-

    I have heard that Nova will be made available if the Yankees can sign either Ubaldo or Santana.

  10. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    YF, I sparked one in honor of the often imitated but never duplicated, thanks.

  11. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I have question about potential usage of Pineda. 1. shoulder 2. roughly 40 inning accrued LY 3. his secondary offering 4. has he fully regain his 98 mph. All which leads me to the idea of stretch him out in AAA then use him out of the pen.

  12. Giuseppe Franco February 10th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I’d really like to have Castro but I really really really want no part of Santana or Jimenez.

  13. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I would be hesitant to trade Nova. Honestly, I don’t really know too much of Castro to gauge his long term prospect.

  14. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Cash-

    My bet is that the 5th starter “competition” will be like the Hughes-Chamberlain one.

    Pineda will be it unless he hurts himself again.

    ;)

  15. Giuseppe Franco February 10th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I certainly hope Pineda returns to the mound with a vengeance but it’s hard to count on someone who hasn’t pitched in 2 years.

  16. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    My idea is to stretch Pineda (if his shoulder doesn’t fall off) to 80 innings then work him exclusively in pen for stretch run in ML. That is, if this Yankees pen can hold up prior to the said scenario.

  17. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Pineda will be it unless he hurts himself again.
    ——
    Maybe so MTU, but I think Pineda would be benefited in stretch himself out and refining his rusted craft in AAA first. but I aint the Yankees.

  18. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    The Yankees want to see what they have in Pineda and they have waited 2 years to find out.

    He is healthy and throwing the ball well.

    Barring an injury he’s your 5th SP.

    ;)

  19. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Mr. Franco, I read somewhere that the Baez kid behind Castro is a beast with his bat, have you an opinion on him?

  20. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Check out Javier Baez kid, MTU, his swing reminds me of Sheffield, plus plus bat speed.

  21. pete2 February 10th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 10th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    “I certainly hope Pineda returns to the mound with a vengeance but it’s hard to count on someone who hasn’t pitched in 2 years.”

    More like 15 months which is pretty typical of any pitcher with arm surgery. He pitched last year, just not with the Yankees.

    The guys young which helps. The idea of him pitching out of the pen is probably not smart since guys after labrum surgery are best suited to starting and longer warmup periods

    Given that 39% of starting pitchers end up on the DL list in any given year per on report I read, you can’t count on anyone really, so you need depth.

  22. Giuseppe Franco February 10th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Mr. Franco, I read somewhere that the Baez kid behind Castro is a beast with his bat, have you an opinion on him?

    —–

    I haven’t seen Baez play myself but I’ve heard all the same things about him – he’s gonna be a beast.

    Whether he does pan out or not doesn’t matter at this point because it seems Theo and Co believe in him enough to make Castro available for the right price.

  23. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Given that 39% of starting pitchers end up on the DL
    —-
    Pitching is probably not smart Pete2. I see what you saying, but if he stretched out in AAA and get some bp works at the end and Yanks need a power arm in bp is more likely of scenario than starting rotation, I be using him but not abusing him.

  24. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I really have no preconceived expectations as to which Pineda we’ll see… But, if he could return to close to his pre-injury self – what a huge part of the rotation he would be!!!

  25. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Glenn-

    It is merely a matter of health.

  26. Giuseppe Franco February 10th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    pete2 February 10th, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    More like 15 months which is pretty typical of any pitcher with arm surgery. He pitched last year, just not with the Yankees.

    The guys young which helps. The idea of him pitching out of the pen is probably not smart since guys after labrum surgery are best suited to starting and longer warmup periods

    Given that 39% of starting pitchers end up on the DL list in any given year per on report I read, you can’t count on anyone really, so you need depth.

    ——–

    Pitching in minor league ball is not the same as pitching in the majors so he really hasn’t pitched in 2 years. He was also shutdown before the minor league season ended.

    Also, 39% of starting pitchers aren’t recovering from major shoulder surgery.

  27. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Yankees will probably need Nova to get Castro.

    To free up Nova they need either Ubaldo or Santana.

  28. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    GF, very impressed by his bat speed and his ability to drive deep to opposite field, we will see.

  29. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    in Judge Yanks could potentially have a monster power guy, but the odds that happening is probably 60-40 at best. I really hope we get lucky.

  30. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    When Castro’s name was mentioned several months ago as a potential target, I was totally opposed. Over time (although I still have reservations), I’ve warmed to the idea a bit. Even though he seems to have focus issues defensively and had a tough year offensively, he’s still a young player (with high upside) at a premium postion who is under control for a while at a reasonable cost.

    Blake – I guess you finally convinced me (not quite there on Drew yet, though) :)

  31. austinmac February 10th, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Baez hit 37 homers between the FSL and AA at 20. Pretty impressive. And a SS.

  32. Pat M. February 10th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Some think that Baez could be ready by mid-summer. The question will be two-fold ( 1 ) will the Castro market be at a peak and ( 2 ) do The Cubbies want to get the kid’s feet wet for a 1/2 season looking towards 2015 ???? He’s the real deal

  33. Tar February 10th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Is it me or are Yankee pitchers reluctant to pitch inside?

    The picture above reminded me of the fact that for years now, batters like Ortiz and Bautista seem to own the plate against the Yankees.

    IDK maybe it’s just the way the game has evolved over the years with all the big money and the body armor…… but pitchers in general seem more reluctant to move batters off the plate.

    I would love to see a more aggressive Yankee philosophy when it comes to making hitters more uncomfortable in the box.

    Maybe it’s just me.

    Have to run… good night all.

  34. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Glenn-

    It’s really all a matter of what the Yankees think.

    And I think they would like to have Castro.

    And the asking price is probably Nova.

    So look to see if the Yankees acquire Ubaldo or Santana.

    If they do Nova might be on the move.

    Just sayin’.

    ;)

  35. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Take it away night shift.

    Led by Pat M. and crew.

    See you all for the breakfast club.

  36. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Mike – I like Nova a lot… he shows flashes of brillance. On the other hand, I also have concerns. Is he a high maintenance pitcher?

    I honestly don’t know whether including Nova in a Castro deal is the right thing to do… I’ll leave that discussion to those who know more that I do (in other words, most everyone :) )

  37. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Night Mike

  38. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Good night Glenn.

    Nova’s value my never be higher.

    Things go in steps though.

    One thing depends upon another.

    ;)

  39. blake February 10th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Id trade Nova for Castro

  40. MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    sp: may

  41. Revenge of Stoneburner February 10th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    MTU February 10th, 2014 at 10:51 pm
    Good night Glenn.

    Nova’s value my never be higher.

    Things go in steps though.

    One thing depends upon another.

    *****

    This makes sense. Have a good night

  42. blake February 10th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Chicken ,

    How bout Castro AND Drew! I real infield….Jeter can play the other spot

  43. comet February 10th, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Pat M if Baez is the real deal then he’sv the guy the Yanks should be pursuing. I would not trade Nova for Castro. The Yanks could do just as well Emil Bonificio, IMO

  44. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    blake February 10th, 2014 at 10:53 pm
    Chicken ,

    How bout Castro AND Drew! I real infield….Jeter can play the other spot

    ————————-

    Slow down! Don’t push! take your win over me on the Castro thing gracefully! :D

  45. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    This is a big year for so many Yankee prospects, heh Just like the big league roster, with a lot volatility in potential performances.

  46. comet February 10th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Hey MTU, JAP and Chicken.

    Chicken where do your travels take you today?

  47. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I see a greater chance of Yankees signing Aledmys Diaz than Drew. Which reminds me of now Marlins SS encheverria who spun Yankees because of Jeter. He was right, Jeter is still playing at SS.

  48. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Comet! Hope all is well.

    I’m in the great northwest… Portland, Oregon to be exact. My internal clock hasn’t fully adjusted yet – its 8pm here and I can barely keep my eyes open! Really makes me appreciate athletes that travel constantly and are expected to perform

    How is the weather? My home (in Virginia) is expecting 6-8 inches of snow on Wednesday… Sounds small for many, but a big deal for us!

  49. pete2 February 10th, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Giuseppe Franco February 10th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    “Pitching in minor league ball is not the same as pitching in the majors so he really hasn’t pitched in 2 years. He was also shutdown before the minor league season ended.

    Also, 39% of starting pitchers aren’t recovering from major shoulder surgery.”
    =============================
    Cashman said he finished the season healthy. He was shut down for shoulder soreness for about 10 days in August but MRI’s came back clean. Pitching is pretty much the same its just the competition is different, and since he was rehabbing he may not have pitched with the same intensity.

    I don’t what the percentage of starting pitchers in MLB who have recovered from major surgery is, specifically labrum surgery, but…..

    ” five pitchers (Clemens, Schilling, Al Leiter, Chris Carpenter, and Gil Meche) threw more than 1,000 innings following the surgery, and another six (Scott Elarton, Jason Isringhausen, Ted Lilly, Jon Rauch, Anibal Sanchez, and Jose Valverde) have topped 400 innings.”

    http://www.baseballprospectus......leid=16634

    Also this

    “As Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad noted, Pineda’s rotator cuff is undamaged, a key detail when it comes to his outlook: “When the rotator cuff is damaged as part of the injury problem, that has a much worse prognosis and influences velocity and ability to pitch. His rotator cuff looks great, and this is isolated to his labrum, and that’s why we feel more optimistic about him having a good result.””

    So its not unheard of for a pitcher like Pineda to have success after labrum surgery, especially when the rotator cuff looks good. Obviously, you can’t be certain since there are pitchers who never had success after surgery.

    So I agree with you that they can’t count on Pineda and must take whatever he gives them as a bonus. OTOH, I am not as concerned about the length of time between MLB starts or as pessimistic about his prognosis.

  50. pete2 February 10th, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    “I see a greater chance of Yankees signing Aledmys Diaz than Drew. Which reminds me of now Marlins SS encheverria who spun Yankees because of Jeter. He was right, Jeter is still playing at SS.”
    ================

    Why not both. Diaz supposedly is best suited for 2B. Drew can handle 3B and be ready for when Jeter is not able to play SS anymore.

  51. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Why not both?
    ——
    Yankees don’t want to spend money on Drew is the rough idea.

  52. Your Name Here February 10th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad noted, Pineda’s rotator cuff is undamaged,

    ———-

    Ahmad….. is he best guy to get this info from? Isn’t he being sued by arod about a misdiagnosed torn labrum?

  53. bbb51 February 10th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Castro makes significant money, his defense grades out as poor, he is a bad base stealer, and he had a .284 obp last year.

    I would not trade Nova for him.

  54. Cashmoney February 10th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Still don’t understand why NL teams did not sweeten the pot on Tommy Hanson, I take a 2 mil minor league contract gamble on him if I need a starter.

    “Because Hanson currently has just four years, 97 days of Major League service, the deal has added upside for the Rangers. Should he be able to rediscover his early-career magic in Arlington, the Rangers will control Hanson through 2015 season.”

  55. comet February 10th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Chicken it is cold and colder here!

  56. chicken_stanley February 10th, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    bbb51 – Everything you say is true. But in ’10 -’12, his obp was .347, .341, and .323. In the same time period his ops was 755, 773, and 753.

    As far as his salary, its 5 mil in ’14, 6 mil in ’15, and 7 mil in ’16. Very significant money if you base it on his 2013 performance… not quite as significant if based on his performance from 2010-2012.

    Will the real Starlin Castro please stand up?

  57. Blojaldo February 10th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Cashman has been suspiciously quiet . . . if the Yankees sign either Santana or Ubaldo, I wonder what a package of Gardner and Nova could get you.

  58. Revenge of Stoneburner February 11th, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Blojaldo February 10th, 2014 at 11:40 pm
    Cashman has been suspiciously quiet . . . if the Yankees sign either Santana or Ubaldo, I wonder what a package of Gardner and Nova could get you.

    *****

    Good question. Idk. Detroit needs a better OF than Andy Dirks. Their rotation is also not as good now without Fister. Does Devon Travis, Bruce Rondon, and Eugenio Suarez peak an interest?

  59. bbb51 February 11th, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Castro did hit better in previous years. He has been durable and he is still quite young. His hitting could bounce back, but the defense numbers are not good and he really should stop stealing. I don’t know, I feel like Nova is a better bet to get bang for your buck.

  60. Blojaldo February 11th, 2014 at 12:16 am

    The possibilities are numerous. Cashman has been known to come out of nowhere. He’s quite good about keeping quiet.

  61. pete2 February 11th, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Your Name Here February 10th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    “Ahmad….. is he best guy to get this info from? Isn’t he being sued by arod about a misdiagnosed torn labrum?”

    Actually, he diagnosed it he just did not bother to let Arod know about it, just the Yankees FO.

  62. Pat M. February 11th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Castro has yet to turn 24, he’s been an NL All-Star twice and will be a premium player at a premium position. I like Ivan Nova, but if he and Gardner gets you Starlin Castro then the NY Yankees need to charter Tanaka’s plane to get both guys to Mesa Arizona and buy Theo a Bentley Continental Convertible……

  63. chicken_stanley February 11th, 2014 at 12:24 am

    bbb51- fair enough. I see both sides of the argument. Like I posted earlier, I’ve warmed up to a Castro deal but I still have reservations (specifically – his defense and the whispers of an attitude issue)

  64. pete2 February 11th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I would rather have Santana if Cash is going to spend the money. Then maybe he trades Nova for IF help at some point. Might be a better plan than signing Drew, although I would like to keep Nova since you can never have too much pitching.

  65. chicken_stanley February 11th, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Pat M. – the age is the biggest motivator for me…. a mere baby! He definitely has a considerable upside… premium position?… maybe (in my opinion)…. to me, with his body type, he looks like a 3B in the next couple or 3 years…. Do you see him as a long term SS?

  66. Pat M. February 11th, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Chicken…I see Starlin the same way I saw Hanley Ramierez when he was young…. Very good

  67. chicken_stanley February 11th, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Pete2 – Although I’m not especially high on Santana, I would personally lean toward him over Jimenez… JMO

  68. chicken_stanley February 11th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Pat M. – Are you still hearing rumors of Theo wanting to move Castro? If so, would Nova make the deal work? or, would it take more (either a little more or a lot more) ?

  69. chicken_stanley February 11th, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Pat M. – Gonna hit the sack – I’ll check for response tomorrow. hope you and all other lohudders up at this insane hour have a great night!

  70. Pat M. February 11th, 2014 at 12:49 am

    chicken…..Theo will be moving Castro, the question is when and then of course at what price. Maybe some how the Yanks include Nova, Gardner and maybe a lifer at AAA ball and it might get done…. Theo may also ask for more and I think Cashman will abide. For he understands how special this soon to be 24 year old shortstop is and is going to be………..

  71. Pat M. February 11th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Good night all and good morning to Doreen and her Breakfast Club

  72. Deal With It February 11th, 2014 at 2:05 am

    ‘Key additions: C Dioner Navarro, INF Chris Getz, C Erik Kratz’

    =========

    Key additions ? ? Seriously ? ?

    If so the the Blue Jays are in deep, really deep sh*t.

  73. Deal With It February 11th, 2014 at 2:11 am

    “Ahmad….. is he best guy to get this info from? Isn’t he being sued by arod about a misdiagnosed torn labrum?”

    “Actually, he diagnosed it he just did not bother to let Arod know about it, just the Yankees FO”

    ============

    Funny since Ahmad works for the YANKEES who pay him and or the hospital.

    If you go for a drug test that your employer orders do you pay for it ? No. Does the Doctor give you the results, No. They give the results to your employer who pays the bill, who then informs you of the results.

  74. Deal With It February 11th, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Hello ‘Senor Pollo’

    Beers this week when you head South ? ?

  75. charlestonchew February 11th, 2014 at 4:07 am

    To be fair, a drug test does not contain within it important information about your health (that you don’t already know). An assessment by a doctor as to whether you have an injury is a far more important result that would absolutely have to be shared first with the patient. If not first, then at least within hours or days of informing the team. Preferably, he would hear about it in real time during the diagnosis.

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 11th, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Bad thing about being down for the count and getting lots of rest. Your body clock gets thrown way off and you’re wide awake at 3 a.m. and doing something you swore you’d never ever ever do in your life. In fact it’s something you’ve laughed at forever. Watching Curling.

    And after 2 hours, I still don’t know what the heck it is or how it works!

    So I decided to google it to see if I can figure out the theory behind it. I’ll say this much. It’s not real exciting!

    :)

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 11th, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Latest update

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  78. Poetkiosk February 11th, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I love curling! Lots of yelling! In fact the yelling seems to be the best part.

  79. TKR February 11th, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Gardner to Cinn is out …Reds are going with Hamilton..Ludwick..Bruce starting OF with Schumaker & Heisey as backups

  80. TKR February 11th, 2014 at 6:11 am

    BTW..why would they want a pending FA

  81. TKR February 11th, 2014 at 6:17 am

    so no Bailey coming here

  82. tomingeorgia February 11th, 2014 at 6:18 am

    trisha and Poet,

    Curling before dawn is the place to be!

  83. jmills February 11th, 2014 at 6:49 am

    ” Way up north “? I consider myself rather southern here. Chad was given a minimailistic break posting about the Jays. Not much happening here folks, ” walk on by “. yf, I did retro catch your Magical Mystery Tour – Blue Jay Way tribute, thank you. Woke up to it, and the link lead me to one of my favourites, Peter Gabriel. ” Mother of Violence “, ” have a Wonderful Day in a One Way World “, the type of music I like to wake up to on a Saurday morning with coffee, while I say hello to the house plants – sun or not, I feel fuzzy inside. ( Great time spent alone )

  84. Doreen February 11th, 2014 at 6:50 am

    I find talk about trading for Catro very interesting. Any full-time SS, actually, especially of the all-star variety. You don’t trade for a guy like that and not play him. I know they when they traded for ARod, they moved him to third in deference to Jeter. Is Castro versatile enough to make that move temporarily (assuming Jeter plays this year and only this year at SS)? Will he have a good attitude about it if that is the plan? Or, is Jeter going to play so few games at SS that it’s not an issue, necessarily?

    If Jeter is healthy and productive, he’s playing SS, apparently.

    If they trade for Castro, it’s going to be a very interesting dynamic. They have to do it before they find out if Jeter can play, otherwise, wouldn’t you think the price will go up?

    Also, trading Nova is risky until you see what Pineda can do, without over overworking him in the spring. And obviously, unless you can replace him in the rotation with someone, well, good.

    Trading Nova is one of those things…he is either so good or so bad…you hope that it works out well for the Yankees.

  85. jmills February 11th, 2014 at 6:58 am

    I like curling, has a pool on ice appeal to it. I doubt its a sport with much of a grug problem. Mind you, I have a friend who was heavy into the snooker scene – lots of coke having moved in those circles, making one strtech the notion of, ” performance enhancement “. My man Glenn Gould didn’t need that, it was scrambled eggs at midnight, followed by Bach until 6 am.

  86. blake February 11th, 2014 at 7:14 am

    If they trade for Castro, it’s going to be a very interesting dynamic. They have to do it before they find out if Jeter can play, otherwise, wouldn’t you think the price will go up?”

    Well they need a 3b too and Castro could play there this year if Jeter can indeed handle SS…..Castro is a bit of a gamble because he does make real money and because he didn’t have a great season last year…..but he has real upside in his bat…..he reminds me of cano when he was young

  87. tomingeorgia February 11th, 2014 at 7:27 am

    blake,
    How old is Castro, and how long is he under control?

  88. austinmac February 11th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Tom,

    He is 24 and under contract until2019.

  89. blake February 11th, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Tom,
    He’s 24 with a 7/60 contract that runs through 2019 with a club option for 2020. So you’re talking about an 8.5 AAV deal for a guy with true star potential and is 24……he’s a great target if they can get him.

  90. jmills February 11th, 2014 at 7:39 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RPeTr8RsCwk

    For anybody who might want to listen – Peter Gabriel live. Its been years since I saw him. Along with Kate Bush, he was one of the most expansive artists I remember. His song for Stephen Biko makes me shiver every time. I think I’ll bring him the car; have a good day everbody.

  91. tomingeorgia February 11th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Thanks, austin. Interesting acquisition, were it to happen.

  92. tomingeorgia February 11th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    blake,
    The Cubs think they have a ready replacement for him?

  93. blake February 11th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 11, 2014 at 7:43 am
    blake,
    The Cubs think they have a ready replacement for him?

    Well they have probably the best SS prospect in base all in Javier Baez who is getting close and they also have a great 3B prospect in Bryant who is maybe just a tick behind him……they have a lot of good young infielders coming…..Castro will probably have to play 2B in he future if the cubs keep him

  94. blake February 11th, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I really don’t think the cubs would move him now though…..maybe in July if baez is ready…..but they are in no real rush. Actually they’d be selling low…….

  95. austinmac February 11th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Tom,

    Yes, Castro has a lot of ability with perhaps some attitude issues, but as I recall I probably had a few things yet to learn at that age.

    Honestly, I don’t see us spending over $10M/yr. for another pitcher. I believe spending is essentially done.

  96. AAA February 11th, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Well they have probably the best SS prospect in base all in Javier Baez who is getting close and they also have a great 3B prospect in Bryant who is maybe just a tick behind him……they have a lot of good young infielders coming…..Castro will probably have to play 2B in he future if the cubs keep him

    =============================

    From what I’ve read, Baez is more likely to move to 2nd than Castro is. Don’t really see the Cubs trading him this year. Next year maybe, but I think a more likely scenario is that they keep both and score a high end pitcher in free agency next off season.

  97. blake February 11th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Trading Nova for Castro then signing Ubaldo or Santana to a short deal would be awesome…..I really don’t see that happening though and it would be much easier and cheaper to just sign Drew

  98. pat February 11th, 2014 at 7:58 am

    “The plane, which can seat 200, brought a slightly smaller party to the Big Apple — Tanaka, his wife, his brown toy poodle and three other people, according to multiple reports.”

    Won’t be long before Tanaka’s toy poodle has its own twitter account! :wink:

  99. Shame Spencer February 11th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I need to marry a curler… I hate scrubbing floors. Least favorite chore, easily.

    Also, is Bob Costas’ eye freaking anyone else out? Does it have a Twitter account yet??

  100. Shame Spencer February 11th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    blake February 11th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Trading Nova for Castro then signing Ubaldo or Santana to a short deal would be awesome….

    ————–

    I’d get behind a deal like this but people need to acknowledge that despite all reports to the contrary this would show how much faith they really have in Pineda.

  101. blake February 11th, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Also, is Bob Costas’ eye freaking anyone else out? Does it have a Twitter account yet??”

    I figured that’s why he’s wearing glasses now…..it’s looks like a Bell’s palsy type thing to me

  102. blake February 11th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    AAA,
    Yea I don’t know….one of them would have to move but I agree I don’t see them trading him now. They’d be much better off seeing if he can have a better year and then either just keep him because he’s got a good contract or trade him for a lot more than Ivan nova

  103. Shame Spencer February 11th, 2014 at 8:22 am

    I feel like I’m being hypnotized by his eyes… he has pink eye in both, apparently, and my grandmother is convinced it was a result of the maloik.

  104. blake February 11th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Oh he has pink eye? I had that once and boy does it suck

  105. pat February 11th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Costas has an eye infection that has spread to both eyes now. Matt Lauer is going to be filling in for him until he can see again.

  106. Shame Spencer February 11th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Does a deal for Drew get done before ST starts?

  107. Shame Spencer February 11th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    pat February 11th, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Costas has an eye infection that has spread to both eyes now. Matt Lauer is going to be filling in for him until he can see again.

    —————

    We’re trading Bob Costas’ eyes for Matt Lauer’s mustache… that’s a net loss.

  108. blake February 11th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Shame Spencer says:
    February 11, 2014 at 8:24 am
    Does a deal for Drew get done before ST starts?

    I think so yea….

  109. AAA February 11th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Does a deal for Drew get done before ST starts?

    =======================

    Depends on how we define the start of spring training. If it’s when P’s and C’s report, I’d say NO.

  110. Shame Spencer February 11th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I think so yea….

    —————–

    I wonder with who. Cherrington’s last remarks were a little strange. He said something along the lines of ‘out of respect for Drew’ they were still having conversations but he didn’t expect to get anything done before ST began. Then there were some conflicting reports about the Mets.. one source had the talks dying and another had them quietly continuing to try to work out a deal.

  111. blake February 11th, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Yea I meant before position players report

  112. blake February 11th, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Yankees!

  113. Cashmoney February 11th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....d=66482416

  114. 86w183 February 11th, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Good morning all —-

    Haven’t been around much due to illness (now I know what flu-like symptoms are) and work stuff.

    Eager to get things underway…. Don’t expect anything personnel-wise til they see what they got. Still think there’s a Gardner deal to be done with the Reds.

  115. Ys Guy February 11th, 2014 at 8:55 am

    “Does a deal for Drew get done before ST starts?”
    =======================
    i see it’s still groundhog day…

  116. Ys Guy February 11th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    good to see you 86! i think you gave the flu like symptoms to me…(and trisha i believe)

  117. Ys Guy February 11th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    there should be a ban on coupleing the work ‘potential’ with the name ‘brendon morrow’. he’s 29 now and people are still waiting for that potential to bust out.

  118. Tackelberry February 11th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Did anyone watch the Tanaka game on YES last night? Just curious. THoughts?

  119. MTU February 11th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Tanaka time !

    2 days to P and C’s.

    :)

  120. MTU February 11th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Una nueva cosa ——->

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