The Blue Jays have less than a month remaining until pitchers and catchers report to camp, so it’s time to round up some more coverage in the Morning Brew
Time marches on in Blue Jays land, but not without the odd bit of questionable buzz along the way. According to a tweet from a kind-of-sometimes purveyor of inside information Christopher Meola, the Blue Jays were the “mystery team” involved in the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes.
While there’s some level of logic to this (getting out ahead of the departure of Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista), I’m curious if Toronto’s “interest” was another motive disguised. Perhaps the Blue Jays checked in on Cespedes to gauge his market as an indicator of Bautista’s next year, but right now, it’s a moot point.
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Calling for Clippard – Over at Jays From the Couch, Spencer Redmond takes a look at reliever Tyler Clippard as a potential Blue Jays free agent option. Regression could be an issue with Clippard as he’s pitched at least 70.0 innings per season since 2010, but at this point, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Toronto takes an overload approach to the bullpen.
Update on Colton Turner – Brian Crawford over at JaysProspects.com brings us a great update on Blue Jays left-handed prospect Colton Turner, who returned from a Tommy John surgery in 2015. Despite a change in role, he’s determined to make an impact in any way possible.
“Long relief is definitely different than starting,” Turner told Crawford. “When you’re starting you have your own routine. But in long relief you don’t have set days. You go out there trying to help keep your team in the game. My goal all season was to make the most of my opportunities. Whether it’s starting, relieving, or closing I’ll do it all. I’ll do whatever it takes to get on the field.”
Tony Fernandez Love – Blue Jays Plus continued their excellent series stating cases for the “Greatest Blue Jay of all time” with this argument for Tony Fernandez courtesy of Tammy Rainey. Fernandez starred for the Jays, left, returned, and repeated. After playing for the Blue Jays in three different decades, he’s also a name that resonated with a wide range of Blue Jays fans.
Mister Number Five – The Blue Jays fifth starting job is quickly becoming the hottest spot on the roster, with Aaron Sanchez, Jesse Chavez and Drew Hutchison leading a rather crowded competition. This is a good thing! Hop over to Blue Bird Banter and join their conversation about who will win out. So far, the house money is on Sanchez!