Week In Review: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5

With just over 16 days until the free agent arbitration offer deadline, here are quick links to everything that happened here last week:

Sunday

Keep an eye on Yan Gomes
Looking at Jays catching prospect Yan Gomes, who closed out his year with Double-A New Hampshire quite strong and is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League.

Offseason chat
Transcript of our first live chat of the offseason that transpired for over two hours on October 30.

Monday

Jays Jots: Baseball in Ottawa, Jason Frasor, Wei-Ying Chen
Last week’s quick edition of links, with a few light reads.

Tony LaCava to interview with Orioles owner about GM position
A quick rundown of the news that LaCava was likely to be offered the Orioles’ GM position, with images of Ken Rosenthal’s tweets for those who don’t have Twitter.

How signing David Ortiz would be different than Frank Thomas
Outlining how, if the Jays made a run at Big Papi, it would be different than when they went after The Big Hurt.

Tuesday

Double-A Blue Jays affiliate in Ottawa? Triple-A affiliate in New Hampshire?
Analyzing the news earlier in the week that Ottawa could host professional baseball as soon as the 2013 season, with an outside chance that the franchise could be a future Jays minor league affiliate.

LaCava turns down Orioles GM job
Our take on what was likely a relief to more than a few Jays fans, that LaCava turned down the Orioles’ GM offer to remain the Jays’ assistant GM.

Wednesday

Hinsight: Building a Bullpen
Looking back at four inexpensive but effective relievers we profiled as options for the Jays last year, who went on to have great years for other teams in 2011.

Thursday

Offseason Chat Recap: Gordon Beckham, Jay Bruce, Ryan Dempster
Recapping some topics that were touched on in our offseason chat, like international signings, the Jays’ 2012 closer, and the players listed in the article title, with a few extra thoughts added in.

Jays Notes: Tinoco, Rivera, Carlson, McCoy
Rounding up the day’s Jays-related tidbits, including another impressive international signing and the fact Juan Rivera managed to receive $4 million to play next season.

Friday

Looking at Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado
Shortly after it was released on the Braves’ official site that the club was open to moving both Jurrjens and Prado, we chimed in on the wealth of risks associated with Jurrjens and the possibility of Prado in a Jays uniform next season.

Jays Notes: Oakland A’s, Tony LaCava, J.P. Arencibia, Trystan Magnuson
Another roundup of the day’s Jays tidbits, including an interesting update regarding LaCava and the Orioles.

-JM

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