Monday, January 25, 2010

The dearth of remaining free agent talent has me talking to myself

You know that the free agent pickings are slim when you spend at least a half hour trying to talk yourself out of your inexplicable interest in seeing Felipe Lopez return to the Blue Jays.

Mind you, he did post a very respectable .810 OPS last year, along with a 4.6 WAR in his time split between the Diamondbacks and Brewers. And he strikes out about half as often as he used to when he first made it to the big leagues.

What are we saying? Where the hell would he play?

Well, he has put up a career UZR/150 of 6.0 at third base, even if he hasn't ever played there with any regularity.

Really aren't there any options that are more compelling than Felipe frick'n Lopez?

Well, there's Melvin Mora.

What's wrong with you? Are you drinking again?

Kinda.

Next, you're going to sing the praises of some "innings-eater" who can't strike guys out...

You mean like "Jonny Sinkers" Garland?

...or some rusted out shitbox arm-injury-waiting-to-happen...

Hey! Erik Bedard is a good Canadian boy!

...or call for the return of Orlando Hudson so that we can move everyone out of their positions.

What can I say? The O-Dog does make a pretty tasty combo. I'm a sucker for nitrates!

This is embarassing. You should be ashamed of your interest in these marginal non-entities.

Sorry, I missed that last part. I was looking up Ryan Garko's career lines. .899 postseason OPS! Clutch!!!1

You're not even trying to maintain any semblance of dignity, are you.

Chad Tracy! He's awesome in MLB 2K! (After I fart around with his attributes...but still!) And he's a ginger! We need a ginger quorum!

People, look away, please. We implore you.

Noah Lowry, FTW!!!

27 comments:

Ari said...

Carlos Delgado!

jw said...

I have a (potentially irrational) desire to see the Jays sign Johnny Damon to play left and leadoff. Better him than J-Bau, right?

mike in boston said...

Have Frank Catalanotto washed and brought to the Jays. Chris Gomez too.

plain_g said...

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/01/six-teams-considering-wang.html

more for the headline than anything else.

Tao of Stieb said...

Yeah, I'd like to be all high and mighty, but I enjoy a good Wang joke as much as the next guy.

Sven the Swede said...

Hey Tao, do the voices in your head sound like anyone of note? A voice of god type?
Surely you can't be serious that those are the only two inning-eaters out there? (waiting for the line from Airplane)

Steve G. said...

Wang is the only guy still out there that would interest me as a fan of, well, any team. Everyone else, you're basically overpaying with the hope that they return to normal production - Mora, Damon, Lopez, etc.

Tao of Stieb said...

The voices in my head just sound like a whinier, more nasally version of myself.

Rather unimpressive, really.

Anonymous said...

whats the downside of a $9 mill incentive based deal for Sheets? I'm guessing 9 is in the ballpark

Besides the small fact hes a huge injury risk BUT if he stays healthy hes a legit righty and if the Jays fall out they can flip him to a contender.

Merkin and Morrow. Oh Mr. Arnsberg...Did u have to leave!

Anonymous said...

Ginger QUOTA.

Paternally yours,
some jerk

Tao of Stieb said...

No, not QUOTA.

If there aren't enough gingers on the team, then they cannot vote on ginger-related activities and initiatives.

Hence, QUORUM.

InDrabekWeTrust said...

I've been pitching for Bedard for weeks... high reward. The guy can straight pitch. He's nasty.

Drew - LtB said...

Call me crazy but I'd rather watch the kids than Erik fucking Bedard or anyone of that ilk. If the Jays sign Bedard it won't be for more than a year, so they win 74 games instead of 69? Big deal.

Chill said...

Don't worry Tao, I picked up on quorum. I've also had irrational thoughts. Mostly about the brakes on The Manager's car...but also about Johnny MF Damon. I can't bear the thought of Bautista playing right and leading off against righties. How many days until pitchers and catchers report? I'm slowly losing it...

InDrabekWeTrust said...

Even if the Jays could lure Bedard to TO, AA would deal him for some prospects at the deadline... which actually isn't a bad idea. I certainly like the prospects more then the useless signings of reconstructed arm ligaments we seem to be stockpiling at an alarming rate...

Anonymous said...

Is anyone gunning for Barajas? It would just be the Jays' luck that he would sign for a minot league contract THEN the Jays are fucked outta draft pick!

Colt McCoy said...

bedard and damon are both interesting options.

Anonymous said...

Bedard is soft, he's not a good exemplar for young pitchers to emaluate,so bad call on that one. and Damon? If Roy was still here , Rod and they added pieces to compete like a Garland as an innings eater or a clutch performer like Damon would be perfect! I don't see Damon who is a winner coming to a franchise that is rebuilding quite frankly. And the Jays aren't in a spending mode either. Guys give up the on any A or B free agents coming here for a few years. They aren't spending money and going with kids. In the process , the Rogers are destroying the franchise beyond repair. The Rogers will see attendance plummet and wonder why? I don't think the team can survive another rebuild. The farm system is 28th in Baseball America even after the Halladay trade? It's a lost cause indeed, it's sad to see the Jays be run down like this.

The casual fan doesn't give a shit about rebuilding. When the team was winning last they didn't give a shit! I like AA BUT they needed to retool and compete at the same time. In this case, flies will be going to the Skydome before casual fans. I do hope that next year someone at Rogers freaks when the attendance plummets. Even though it is extremely unlikely, they might be forced to make some free agent moves then. Or better yet sell the team, the best option actually of all.

Ice Cream Jonsey said...

Yeah, you don't want Bedard around your other pitchers. Hernandez and Washburn each had ERAs above 2.40 with Bedard around. No thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Intensive Care Junkie, he is a cancer in the clubhouse. the lazy fuck won't even go beyond 100 pitches! Hernandez and Washburn are not newbies like Romero, Cecil, Mark R with the long Slavic name BTW! Big Fail. A most irrelevant example if their ever was one!

Drew - LtB said...

There it is! Innings Eater! Gross.

plain_g said...

twinkies sign thome, bet they'd move delmon young for a couple controllable arms with upside...

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The Ack said...

in today's post, AA on clearing Bocock:

Anthopoulos said Toronto’s need to clear roster space does not mean any moves are imminent, though the GM said he is still combing over the remaining free agents to bolster the team’s pitching staff and bench.

He also said some moves might reignite interest in a free agent or two.

“We’ve had trade talks which may create opportunities in certain spots,” Anthopoulos said.



http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/postedsports/archive/2010/01/27/roster-needs-means-blue-jays-lose-depth.aspx

....bye bye Overbay?

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