Jays Jots: Kelly Johnson, Drew Hutchison, Yu Darvish, Mark Teahen

Here are a few Blue Jays links on this Monday morning, with a Jerry Howarth interview at the bottom as well:

How Much Will Kelly Johnson Earn Next Year? | MLB Trade Rumors
Tim Dierkes over at MLBTR estimates how much the Jays will pay Kelly Johnson next season: “Johnson’s case might involve bringing in a third baseman such as Miguel Tejada, who signed at $6.5MM for 2011.  Johnson earned $5.85MM in an off-2011, so $7MM is probably his ceiling.  A multiyear deal is possible here.”

The not-so-Hollywood tale of one baseball team’s ongoing 10-year rebuilding plan | The Seattle Times
Geoff Baker responds to a popular question among readers — about whether or not the Mariners are about to become AL West equivalent of the Blue Jays — by recapping the last 10 years of baseball in Toronto.

Jays could become afterthought in Rogers empire | Toronto Star
Richard Griffin chimes in on Rogers’ recent joint purchase of MLSE, feeling that the Jays will rank lowest on the totem pole when it comes to asking for funds.

Meet Drew Hutchison, pitcher and pro scout | Gray Matter
Kevin Gray caught up with top pitching prospect Drew Hutchison to discuss each of his three pitches as well as Sal Fasano.

Re-stating the case for Darvish | The Southpaw
Tammy over at The Southpaw with a well-argued piece on why the Jays should go after Japanese phenom Yu Darvish this winter.

Money on the Bench | The Tao of Stieb
The Org Guy looks at what’s in store next season for the Blue Jay who currently has the second-highest salary on the team: Mark Teahen.

Marlins can thank taxpayers for big roster moves | National Post
Scott Stinson of the National Post offers a quick look at how Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria took a 24% share of the Montreal Expos in 1999 and mischievously got to where he is today.

The Week That Was | 1 Blue Jays Way
1BJW addresses the negative reaction to their statement that Albert Pujols’ agent, Dan Lozano, and his associates were in Toronto at the end of November.

Off-Season Baseball Training | Mop-Up Duty
Callum over at Mop-Up Duty has a nice feature on offseason training, with tidbits from Cressey Performance, a leading training facility for baseball players.

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A lot of nice information in an eight-minute, sit-down interview with the voice of the Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth at the end of September:

-JM

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