Good Morning. Wipe the sleep from your eyes because we’ve brewed up a fresh pot of Blue Jays goodness to start your day. Here’s your Blue Jays Morning Brew. We’re basing this post around the theme of shopping. Enjoy.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm takes questions from fans. The most recent edition starts off with the suggestion that the club trade away R.A. Dickey and/or Mark Buehrle this winter. Whenever this talk comes up, the issue is not whether they SHOULD trade them away, it is always that no one really wants them. Or, more to the point, no one really wants their hefty price tag. No one ever says that Alex Anthopoulos is not shopping them.
At Sportsnet.ca, Shi Davidi tells us that he expects the Blue Jays to bring back hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. That seems like an interesting choice. Sort of. Our own Kyle Franzoni explored the option of going after recently ex-Yankee hitting coach Kevin Long. As well, Ryan Mueller and I chewed on the idea of letting Seitzer go. Ultimately, the Blue Jays have to ask themselves if they want to add a hitting coach to their shopping list. Has Seitzer done enough to be fired from the job? Probably not. Would a change in coach make that much of a difference? Maybe. Of course, they could go the route of bringing on Kevin Long and KEEPING Seitzer. Remember when the philosophy of having two hitting coaches was a good idea (at least by the front office)? I’m not suggesting they will or should do this, but stranger things have happened. And, if the Blue Jays are going to break the reliance on the long ball, they’re going to need all the help they can get.
At Bleacher Report,
3 Blue Jays prospects who could make significant gains in 2015 and push the MLB envelope. He choosesRoberto Osuna
. These three are probably at the top of a lot of lists in this category. Before we get too excited, though, we should proceed with caution. We have been spoiled in 2014 with the rise of several prospects (Dalton Pompey
, et al) We must remember that skyrocketing through a system does not happen all the time. Having said that, I am equally excited about these 3 names. I think of the 3, I am most intrigued by Alford.
All accounts indicate raw talent that is in need of fine tuning. Now that he’s
, he can really focus and hone his skills. I’ll be watching him. If AA is going to do some shopping this winter, these names may very well come into play.
Apparently, Marcus Stroman has made people glad the Blue Jays didn’t shop him, or at least give him up on previous shopping trips. Scott C at Bluebird Banter, shares that Stroman was selected to the Baseball America All Rookie Team. A huge celebratory Brett Lawrie high five to Marcus. Here’s to many more accolades in a Blue Jays uniform. I hope AA got that hint. LOCK HIM STROMAN UP WITH A LONG CONTRACT NOW!
Finally, I’ll leave you with this gem: