Jays From the Couch brings you the latest news and links about the Toronto Blue Jays. This edition: Saltalamacchia fallout, ticket pkgs & more!
Almost at the end of another week. Things are starting to happen fairly quickly with the Toronto Blue Jays. And, as the month draws to an end, and we get closer and closer to Spring Training, you can expect a but more action. Adding Jarrod Saltalamacchia helps shore up catching depth for the club, but you can bet they aren’t done tinkering other parts of the roster. Here’s the latest news and links:
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* Over at Yahoo! Nick Ashbourne suggests that the Blue Jays signing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia is intriguing because it just might open doors for youn catcher to break the big league roster after all. When news broke of the deal, there was a belief that it might spell the end for A.J. Jimenez as he’s out of options and would logically find himself behind Salty in the depth charts.
But, Ashbourne very well could be on to something in that the new deal for Salty is a minor league one, which does mean that doors are not necessarily closed on guys like Jimenez, or to a lesser degree Reese McGuire. While the likelihood of the Blue Jays ignoring the experience (2013 World Series!) of the former Tiger, they have left themselves some sort of wiggle room. If you’re a Jimenez fan, that might be a ray of hope. Or, not.
* At Sportsnet, we learn that the Blue Jays have interest in, and have been in contact with, lefty reliever Craig Breslow. And, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith, he very well could be had on a low, one year type deal, where other options like Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan would require more of a commitment. This might suit the Blue Jays more if you consider that we’re not exactly sure just how much they left to spend and how many more pieces they are going to try and bring in to compete for the bullpen job(s). One would think there has to be a limit, right?
The 36 yr old Breslow is coming off a year where he threw just 14 innings for the Marlins before he was designated for assignment to make room for Dustin McGowan. They released him and the Rangers picked him up. Another interesting tidbit is that Breslow has been nicknamed the “Smartest Man in Baseball”. His Ivy League education has impressed many a folk. Check out his Wikipedia page to see what I mean.
* At CBS Sports, Chris Towers breaks down the decision some fantasy owners may have to make in 2017. If you’re looking for a third baseman, and manage to find yourself with a high pick, who do you choose? Do you go with your Blue Jays allegiance and choose Josh Donaldson? Do you go with Kris Bryant? Or, Nolan Arenado? Really, you can’t go wrong. But, Towers breaks it down for you…you know, in case you ever find yourself in the impossible position of having to choose between the 3.
If you’re looking for HR, RBI and average, Arenado is the recommendation. Donaldson will give you the edge in runs and Bryant will give you some stolen bases. They’ll all give you a lot of each, but if you’re looking for one aspect that will tilt things to help your decision, it looks like Arenado might be the way to go.
* The club has announced new 6-game ticket packs that will go on sale today! Aside from the 12 and 20 packs, you can choose from certain types of packages, depending on your interest. There is a weekend option, Friday nights, Summer Nights (Grease, anyone?), Division Rivals, a Value Pack, which has a Home Opener possibility, if there are any available, and the one I’d be choosing, the Giveaway Day Pack. You can choose the best seats available for the pack you choose because you are purchasing ahead of single game tickets, which go on sale February 16.
* If you are one of those nuts, like me, who goes out and buys a new copy of MLB The Show every year as soon as it comes out (even though, you know it is the same game and they only make a few changes, but you have to have it anyway), you’ll be seeing a nice little addition to the Canadian cover this year:
— PlayStation Canada (@PlayStationCA) January 25, 2017
One has to wonder just how much pressure Aaron Sanchez‘ new agent, Scott Boras had to put on the game makers. Or, did he even enter to the equation at all? You have to think that these kind of decisions are made well in advance, so maybe it was pre-Boras.
But, that is neither here, nor there. They say that when you have a bobble-head made in your honor, you know you’ve made it. Well, having your image on the cover of a video game has to be considered making it. If his 2016 performance didn’t convince you, this news will. Sanchez has made it!
* Finally, Andrew Stoeten shares this bit of audio that will make your day. Stoeten’s buddy, @JimmyByronMusic recorded Buck Martinez attempting to pronounce Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s name. Give it a listen, it’s hilarious.
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