Saturday Night Rumblings – December 13th, 2014

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A few small items worth making note of that came about today, which for the sake of completeness of coverage, I probably shouldn’t just sit on until Monday. To wit:

Rizzo No You Didn’t!

“The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO,” wrote Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Saturday, citing “two industry sources.”

For what it it’s worth — because what else would he say? — Rizzo responded to the report, telling James Wagner of the Washington Post, “I have not been contacted by the Blue Jays. My sole focus is on the Nationals and bringing a World Series to the District.”

Gonna be real cool when the guy that eventually gets hired is plainly your sixth choice, Rogers. Gonna be real, real cool.

Hey, but if it’s not the guy behind the Stephen Strasburg innings limit business of a couple years ago, maybe that actually will end up being alright.

A Cabrera By Any Other Name?

Here’s the Google translation of part ofa report today from Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes about Asdrubal Cabrera:

The New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets are the clubs that have shown more interest in Cabrera, who last season played 92 games at shortstop with Cleveland and 48 at second base with Washington.

First things first, Google sure does a way better job with Spanish to English than Japanese, eh?

As for Cabrera, earlier in the piece Rojas tells us that “the versatile free agent Asdrubal Cabrera would not mind moving to third base, provided it is a contract of at least four years.”

If the same stipulation is in place for second base, I think we can very confidently say that the Jays aren’t going to touch him. But the fact that it’s unlikely any club would go to four years on him perhaps puts them back into play.

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Thumbs Up For The Jays’ Chris Colabello Claim?

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Easy there, garbage clowns.

The Jays have made a move! And while that image of what, apparently, ended up being a two-run single sure looks like a pretty good distillation of what I think of Chris Colabello as a hitter, let’s maybe can the “dumpster diving” nonsense that will inevitably greet this pick-up.

It’s not a game-changing move, but it’s one that has a chance to actually help.

Before today the Jays were basically planning to hand Justin Smoak a whole bunch of at-bats in 2015, with several options to take many of those away. Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, and Jose Bautista will certainly see some time at DH — with regular DH Edwin Encarnacion sliding to first on those days to accommodate that — plus Danny Valencia will be able to take a bunch of those at-bats against left-handers (provided he isn’t used as the right-handed bat in a second base platoon), and Dioner Navarro is still around too, for now.

That may still be the plan, in fact. And that’s a pretty big gift of playing time to a guy (Smoak) who has posted a career slash line of .224/.309/.380, albeit in a pitchers park. Yes, there are encouraging things about Smoak — he has always hit in the minors, has a terrific (though fading) pedigree as a prospect, and his 2013 season was more than good enough for what the Jays will be looking for him to do in 2015 (decent defence at first and a 137 wRC+ against right-handed pitching) — but obviously a little more depth there would help.

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