Feb 21, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (23) jogs before the Blue Jays work out at the Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays Morning Brew: Intersquad Wrap, Morrow Jokes and No More Ninja


John Lott of the National Post recaps yesterday’s intersquad affair that featured 13-man batting orders, nine pitchers and only two umpires. Taking part in his first big league camp, Aaron Sanchez allowed the “game’s” only and run and gave up four hard singles while Munenori Kawasaki played part-time bat boy. Spring Training officially kicks off today with the Blue Jays taking on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1pm on MLB Network in Canada.

Brandon Morrow had some fun on Twitter after Mike Wilner of The Fan 590 reported he was wearing a sleeve on his right calf during workouts.

Morrow even jokingly put bandages all over his calf in a picture shared by Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark was in Dunedin yesterday and spoke to the media about several issues including home plate collisions, Alex Rodriguez and the state of baseball. Richard Griffin reports at the Toronto Star.

Nikolai Ballevski wonders what happened to the ninja GM Alex Anthopoulos at Breaking Blue.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the Blue Jays are no longer looking for a spring training site in Palm Beach County.

In a pair of pieces, one at the Vancouver Sun and the other at YourVanC’s, Charlie Caskey catches up with Alberta boy and Blue Jays prospect Shane Dawson while also making predictions of the Lansing Lugnuts rotation.

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  • Justin Jay

    The “Ninja” is out of his league. I’m amazed, however, that the Nikolai bashed AA more than I have. I thought a lot of the trades he didn’t care for weren’t really all that bad, particularly, the Marlins trade and Thames for Delabar. That’s just me though.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Yeah I thought the part about Reyes and Buehrle having no “value” was a bit off base. They may not have surplus value but that’s what happens when you pay good players a little bit more than they are worth.

      • Justin Jay

        Just like I think Dave said. Winning cures having to overpay for players. The Marlins had to OVERPAY these guys to come to Miami! That’s a destination of preference for most FAs typically… but not them

  • Gary Kimbrel

    Can we think about the incredible amount of pressure the GM has on him from the players he brought in, his superiors, the fans and the union? It’s incredible that he hasn’t made a giant overpay that would hamper the team down the road. Boras says the answer is back loaded contracts, well I’m so glad the available players’ agent is here to suggest contract style because he’s unbiased and has the teams interest at heart after all. Anthopolous is going through a huge learning curve, it’s obvious, but he hasn’t given in to a quick fix by overpaying for players filled to the brim with risk.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Absolutely because sure a lot of those contracts come off the books but the Blue Jays will still need to field a team once they lose some of their older guys. You have to be sure you are choosing the right free agent to make sure you have enough to do what you want to do in 2016 and beyond when those would-be contracts start ballooning and no players on your roster. Most of the young guys probably won’t be ready to contribute until about 2018 or so (if they make it) so it will be a balancing act between now and then, with the problem being they will likely need to field a team of overpaid veterans until then.