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by edtsportsedit 5/14/2013 2:30:08 PM
Well, looks like it's baseball season again. The Leafs were great, but inexperience looks like it cost them in the end. It will give them something higher to shoot for next year than just earning a playoff berth. Nice job. Let's go with the Tuesday baseball chat.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:01:12 PM
Johnson is in a free agent season and that's the greatest incentive for a player whether they ever want to admit it. That makes Johnson's current injury seriously legit. He is slated to throw a rehab start on May 21 and then again on May 26. That is subject to change, but I see him re-establishing himself when he's healthy. Still he might be a trade piece at the deadline depending on what the Jays are doing.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:03:14 PM
No, I don't think he will be a leadoff guy for this team. He swings at to many first pitches, he can't bunt and pitchers pitch him differently at the top of the order. He's good when he's starting in the 9-hole because he does not get up until the 3rd and still acts as a speed guy ahead of Melky Bats and EE.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:04:45 PM
I think other would fall before AA. He has made some mistakes but what he has done in restocking the organization and re-establishing the credibility with players, agents, other GMs and farm team ownership has been excellent. The Jays are now one of Latin America's teams which helps in signing players especially with a bonus cap.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:06:25 PM
They're reported as one of the teams looking at him. I could see them interested if he's not far away in terms of conditioning and readiness. But if there's multiple offers it's up to the player.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:07:18 PM
It's tough to fill that leadoff spot when Reyes is out. Can't be Kawasaki, Bonifacio and I thought Lawrie would be solid there but he has not come around with the bat so far. If you have speed in the 9-hole and Melky, Bats and EE then if Lind is swinging the bat well, it can work. But JPA struggles in four. I think he feels the spotlight.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:09:03 PM
That's an easy opinion at this point. But as I've said a contender needs three significant win streak during a year they contend and the Jays have yet to put up one. When they do w'll re-visit that view.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:10:08 PM
The Orioles and the Twins. I believed the O's would level off after the magic of late innings and the pen a year ago and the Twins rotation looked mediocre at best. But they're getting exciting contributions from some young hitters and have been amazing. The Indians too, but a key for all three of those teams is solid veteran managers -- Showalter, Gardenhire and Francona.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:11:59 PM
Romeros at this point is impossible to move. You would have to eat contract which the Jays don't need to do. If he regains his -- I won't even call it swagger -- he can pitch for these guys again, but it's absorbing new mechanics thinking all the time about form rather than substance. It needs to become second nature.
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:13:34 PM
I sometimes get the feeling that JPA is swinging at a count rather than a pitch. If he's in a hitter's count he figure it will be juicy and the changeup down and away is a swing and a miss. Don't think opposing pitchers aren't aware. I don't think it's arrogance as much as bullheadedness
by Richard Griffin 5/14/2013 4:15:03 PM