Double Switching

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I got to go on the It’s About the Money radio show/podcast last night to talk about the Blue Jays’ offseason and the expectations and excitement brewing for 2013. I feel pretty good about it.

I come in around 19 minutes, but listen through, because Brien and Stacey do a great job on this thing. I’m thrilled they had me.

Click above or here to listen.

I ripped that title off from Matt English, who is much funnier than I am. And he made this:

A selection of Blue Jays transactions over the past month:

October 21: Manager John Farrell released from contract, traded to Boston with David Carpenter for SS Mike Aviles.

November 3: Mike Aviles & Yan Gomes traded to Cleveland for RHP Esmil Rogers.

November 8: Free agent Maicer Izturis signs. RHP Jeremy Jeffress traded from Kansas City for cash.

November 19: Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Anthony DeSclafani, Justin Nicolino, and Jake Marisnick traded to Miami for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.

Free agent Melky Cabrera signs.

November 20: Blue Jays name John Gibbons manager.

It’s been quite a month. (see the full list)

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun published a blow-by-blow account of the blockbuster trade with Miami, going all the way back to talks in July after three starting pitchers went down; it’s absolutely riveting, and should be required reading.

Gibbons’ hiring—well, we’ve got quite the running game with this new lineup, and Gibbons has less of a penchant for bunts and playing for one run than Farrell did, so we’re already making improvements. I like it a lot.

I actually refrained from writing about any of this because what can you even add? The Marlins trade still doesn’t even seem real. The Blue Jays’ first four hitters in the last game of the season were Rajai Davis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Brett Lawrie, and Adam Lind. If the projected lineups hold, they’ll open the season with Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion.

I can’t even believe it.

MELKY CABRERA IS A BLUE JAY. Two years, $16 million.

Alex Anthopoulos, man. This after the massive trade with the Miami Marlins (that has yet to be made official), which would see Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck put on the blue and whites.

And thus:

Possible Jays’ lineup: SS Reyes LF Cabrera RF Bautista DH Encarnacion 3B Lawrie 1B Lind C Arencibia CF Rasmus 2B Izturis/Bonifacio. Speed.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 16, 2012
Wow wow wow wow wow.

MELKY CABRERA IS A BLUE JAY. Two years, $16 million.

Alex Anthopoulos, man. This after the massive trade with the Miami Marlins (that has yet to be made official), which would see Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck put on the blue and whites.

And thus:


Wow wow wow wow wow.

Latte said this better than I would have.captainlatte:

#BlueJays related tweets report that Adam Lind has been placed on outright waivers just days after announcing he’d be sent down to AAA Vegas for a couple of weeks to clear his head and regain confidence. He was scheduled to start playing with the 51s on Sunday.
Shi Davidi of SportsNet says that Adam doesn’t even know that he’s been outrighted, which is nothing short of horrible if the Jays/AA profess to make the team one that players will want to play for, one of loyalty, etc etc etc. Is this the same team that’s shown so much patience (and contract extension) to longtime DL listed Dustin McGowan going to treat life-long Jay Adam Lind so shoddily?
So what’s the truth? Is the “outright” the rumour, or is AA being a bastard? Guess we’ll find out more tomorrow. You can read the current info on Getting Blanked.
If this is #jerkball, I don’t wanna play anymore.
Latte said this better than I would have.

captainlatte:

#BlueJays related tweets report that Adam Lind has been placed on outright waivers just days after announcing he’d be sent down to AAA Vegas for a couple of weeks to clear his head and regain confidence. He was scheduled to start playing with the 51s on Sunday.

Shi Davidi of SportsNet says that Adam doesn’t even know that he’s been outrighted, which is nothing short of horrible if the Jays/AA profess to make the team one that players will want to play for, one of loyalty, etc etc etc. Is this the same team that’s shown so much patience (and contract extension) to longtime DL listed Dustin McGowan going to treat life-long Jay Adam Lind so shoddily?

So what’s the truth? Is the “outright” the rumour, or is AA being a bastard? Guess we’ll find out more tomorrow. You can read the current info on Getting Blanked.

If this is #jerkball, I don’t wanna play anymore.