Arizona Diamondbacks base runner Tony Campana (right) slides safely into home ahead of the tag by Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia in the seventh inning at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Mid-Morning Brew: Navarro, Arencibia, Prospects

Toronto Blue Jays News and Rumours

Lots to cover today so let’s get right into this.

Ben Nicholson-Smith at Sportsnet looks at the Jays decision to non-tender J.P. Arencibia.

Shi Davidi at Sportsnet says that Arencibia was a risk not worth taking for the Blue Jays in 2014.

Mike Wilner, also of Sportsnet, asks how much of an upgrade is Dioner Navarro for the Blue Jays. I asked the same question this morning here at Jays Journal.

Chris Toman at Gamereax looks at the potential upside Navarro brings to the Blue Jays.

Jay Blue at Blue Jays From Away looks at using Navarro as a platoon option against lefties.

Travis Bateman at Tip of the Tower puts together a classy farewell post and reminds us that despite his baseball incompetence he’s actually a really nice guy.

Steve Simmons at the Toronto Sun does a similar goodbye post to JPA and further reminds us of his humility when he’s off the diamond and not dealing with the media.

Andrew Stoeten at DJF asks how did Alex Anthopoulos fail to beat the Washington Nationals meager offer for front-end starter Doug Fister?

Stoeten also asks if Brett Anderson remains an option for the Blue Jays now that the Oakland Athletics have acquired Scott Kazmir.

David Laurila at FanGraphs has a Q&A with Blue Jays infield prospect Andy Burns.

Marc Hulet, also of FanGraphs, gives us his 2014 Top 10 Prospects for the Blue Jays.

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  • Justin Jay

    Well, I’m going to go against what Stoeten says and say that Fister is not top-of-the rotation material… and I like the guy. He’s a solid #3 at best, but on a team like the Nationals he will be a #4 and possibly a #5. Ray has the good peripherals, with that really nice K/9.

    I do agree with him on “How were there no better offers out there?” His stuff, no matter how you look at it, is just average. Sinkerball pitchers has a relatively short lifespan in baseball, Lowe and Hudson are the exceptions, and even Lowe struggled through 1/2 his career.

    The other thing… Brett Anderson? Available for Toronto? Got to hit on one at some point? So we’re so desperate we’re going to start playing odds? F***ing seriously? Brett Anderson has red flags all over the g*dd*mn place! We’re going to DEAL for him? Tell me there are people onboard with me that have learned from Josh Johnson last season… and Brandon Morrow… and Kyle Drabek… and… aaaaand… geezus H **** NO! We don’t DEAL for Brett Anderson! DESPERATE TEAMS DEAL FOR BRETT ANDERSON! DESPERATE TEAMS DON’T USUALLY WIN! THEY MAKE DUMB ****ING DECISIONS!?!

    Stoeten has successfully trolled me for today… I’m officially pissed just by the thought of this happening…

  • david s

    Who knows what the next four months will bring? Will Thole stay? Will Jimenez come up? Is there another catcher to come?

    I like that Navarro is hungry, young and does not want to ride the minor league bus anymore, but is AA’s comparison of Navarro to Greg Zaun in drive and desire to play a full season enough to make this team a true contender? I wish my crystal ball was not in the shop. I could fill you guys in what’s to come. Navarro is a improvement over JPA as he is the antithesis to him, but will it be enough? Stay tuned boys and girls. Hopefully the ride will be a fun one.