You might ask what The Walking Dead has anything at all to do with the following links about the Toronto Blue Jays, and I’ll tell you what it is: absolutely nothing.
It’s merely an excuse to post something zombie-related in this cold, desolate baseball offseason. Actually, not that I think about it, that’s not entirely true.
A few people have commented to me on Twitter about how there seems to be Roy Halladay and Jose Bautista look-alikes on The Walking Dead.
If you thought Roy Halladay and Bautista were scary enough as is, there’s nothing more frightening than Doc and Joey Bats as undead versions of their previously functioning selves. Because Roy will cut you up, Jose will stare you down, and then they’ll eat you for breakfast.
So … let’s get to today’s links, shall we?
Tao of Stieb has been having some restless nights over Adam Lind lately. Watching those episodes of Walking Dead before bed probably doesn’t help.
If you haven’t already, check out Cooperstowners In Canada for some great Blue Jays insight. They make a pretty convincing case to convert Rich Harden into a closer for the Blue Jays.
The most intriguing part of it all? Rich Harden in small doses isn’t such a bad idea. Looking at his career splits, his ERA balloons from 2.98 after 2 innings to 4.58 after 3 innings.
The 5th Starter did his homework and estimated the trade value of each of the guys on the Blue Jays 40-man roster. It’s interesting to note despite an off year, both Aaron Hill and Adam Lind still have some pretty decent trade value.
This one’s from last week, but Drew from Ghostrunner on First breaks down the starting rotation co-aces Shaun Marcum and Ricky Romero’s pitch type by count. Conclusion: Shaun Marcum is an animal.
The Zack Greinke to Toronto trade talks may have cooled off a little bit, but you never know when something could be cooking on the Hot Stove. Royals Centricity takes a look at what it might cost the Blue Jays to get Greinke. Basically, it’s an arm and a leg, and possibly another appendage to be named later.
In case you missed it, Bluebird Banter has a great five part interview with the new bullpen coach, Pat Hentgen.
We all know that the purse strings on offseason spending have been tight these past few years, but there was once a day when the Blue Jays shelled out big bucks for free agents. 500 Level Fan has a rundown of how those free agent signings have performed historically for the Blue Jays.
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