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Talking Toronto Blue Jays on the Team1040 – May 25

Last Friday, I joined the night owl, and American camping expert, Matt Baker for our usual rundown of the Toronto Blue Jays and their minor league affiliates on the Team 1040.  Obviously the Jays recent hotstreak made for a fairly positive discussion, but there was still a few things we could nitpick.  Including mentioning the fact that Liam Hendricks matched his entire walk total from Buffalo in his first start for the Jays.

Enough of me writing about it, am sure you want to listen:

With that denizen of acerbity, Andrew Stoeten, at Drunk Jays Fans shooting down anyone that is suggesting the Jays should look to trade Colby Rasmus and hand the center fielder’s job to Anthony Gose right now, I’m going to say that I am still in Colby’s camp.  But wow, after last night’s game, with Gose making a stunning catch in center and then walking off pinch runner Kevin Pillar with a 9th inning bunt, it’s not hard to think that having both those guys in a Blue Jays uniform come 2015 won’t be such a bad situation.

As I mentioned in the spot, Colby will want B.J. Upton money (Upton signed with Atlanta last year for 5 years at 75.25 million bucks) as a minimum.  With Casey Janssen and Melky Cabrera also pending UFAs and the Jays possibly looking to add another starter instead of picking up J.A. Happ‘s team option, it is quite possible Toronto simply looks to take the draft pick Rasmus will net them and let him walk.

While I don’t believe Anthopoulos starts 2015 with Gose his starting center fielder and Pillar in left, I do think they both break camp with the team and operate as interchangeable parts in a four man outfield.

While I was surprised the Jays DFA’d Esmil Rogers I was even more surprised that he cleared waivers and has been assigned to Buffalo.  A decent result in the end.  He gets to work on a few things in a far less demanding environment.

And for those wondering, the catcher whose name I blanked on who the Jays obviously didn’t rate high enough was, of course, Yan Gomes.  Looking at catching leaders  by WAR at Fangraphs, Gomes slots in at four, having accumulated 1.2 wins thus far.  Dioner Navarro has been exactly replacement.  The Jays really cocked that one up.

Lastly, I’m hoping to be even happier when I join Matt this Friday.  As per my twitter conversation with Kris Kennedy:

If Dickey beats Shields tonight, I think a serious streak may be in the offing…..

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