Blue Jays Morning Brew: Slow News, Jumping In The Pool, and Edwin’s 360
Sept. 4, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks pinch runner Tony Campana (left) dives back to first base during a pickoff attempt by Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Good Morning Toronto Blue Jays fans. I have to apologize, as we’re fresh out of coffee, and just about anything in the fridge right about now. We have half a carton of milk and some orange juice that may be a few days past its date though. I’m not sure I’d recommend either though.
It was a fairly slow weekend around the Blue Jays blogosphere and throughout the news world in general, as a team that is out of play at this time of season can only sit back, wait, and evaluate until free agency opens up after the World Series.
One bit that slipped through our respective radars was this piece from our buddy Jay Blue, who reported that five Bisons have elected free agency this winter. Those players include Andy LaRoche, Tommy Hottovy, Dave Bush, Justin Germano, and Chien-Ming Wang. No real surprises there. One other move that wasn’t a surprise was the option of Ricky Romero to Triple-A. He cleared waivers because no-one is going to pick-up that deal, ever.
Over at BlueBird Banter, Tom Dakers takes a look at the season that was for Edwin Encarnacion. Tom was pretty close on predicting Edwin’s output for the season, and may have been spot on had the slugger not finished on the disabled list. Still, he’s a long way away from the player that the Blue Jays cast away on waivers a few years back.
Yesterday, we dispelled the notion that the Blue Jays would be interested in bringing Bronson Arroyo aboard. Nick Cafardo was fishing badly and Arroyo just wasn’t the right fix. Another blogger, Thom Tsang at Rant Sports threw another name out there yesterday as well, but this one is even more unlikely: Dan Haren. Well, if the Blue Jays weren’t interested in Haren a year ago, then his 2013 season will do nothing to convince them differently in 2014.
And finally, Kevin Glew at the Canadian Baseball Network takes a run through some of last week’s news, including touching on the fact that former Blue Jay John McDonald did not make the ALDS roster for the Red Sox. As Blue Jays fans, we all love Johnny Mac, and his foregone non-inclusion takes away a conflict of interest that we may have had with our other favorite pasttime; hating on John Farrell.