Toronto Blue Jays Morning Brew: Tanaka, Kawasaki, WAR and more


Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Munenori Kawasaki celebrates his two-run double in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

I hope everyone had a great Christmas yesterday and your lights have been turned back on. If you are out fighting the Boxing Day crowds today, well, good luck to you. Here are a few stories to read about the Toronto Blue Jays to kill the time while you wait in line.

Masahiro Tanaka was posted yesterday and today is the first day of the 30-day window bidding teams will have to negotiate with the young right-handed pitcher. MLB Trade Rumors, as always, keeps us up to date with all of the developments.

Brenden Kennedy at the Toronto Star gives us five reasons why Blue Jays fans should expect the worst but hope for the best in 2014.

Andrew Stoeten at DJF takes an in-depth look at expectations for the Blue Jays in 2014 and using WAR projections concludes that maybe the Jays will be better off than most of us think.

Martin Klayman over at Tip of the Tower talks about the value that Munenori Kawasaki brings to the Blue Jays and makes a case that if they stand pat maybe Muni should be considered for the starting second baseman role in 2014.

Jay Blue at Blue Jays From Away voices his concerns about the Jays’ Rule 4 Draft strategy, specifically the approach taken by current Director of Amateur Scouting Brian Parker. Jay also provided us with another Winter League update a few days ago and has been keeping tabs on all the Blue Jays currently playing in the Caribbean.

Ian Hunter from Blue Jays Hunter looks at how the Jays’ infielder performed last season using FanGraphs’ fielding spray charts.

Gregor Chisholm from gives us ten questions that need positive answers if the Jays want to make 2014 a successful campaign. He says that Brandon Morrow and a few young arms need to find a way to step up and be key contributors.