Friday, November 23, 2012

Predicted Texas Rangers roster includes two Blue Jays

I don't usually read the Dallas Morning News, although I did recently after I noticed 24 interesting photos on their site.

Evan Grant decided to predict the Texas Rangers opening day roster for 2013, and included in that list was a big name free agent and two current Blue Jays.

Here are Grant's predictions for the 2013 version of the Texas Rangers come opening day.

Zack Greinke - he must get 6 years and $150 million you would think

Yu Darvish - we know he's not going anywhere

Matt Harrison - Rangers talking about an extension as well

Ricky Romero - wait, what? a trade?

Derek Holland - solid #3 starter

Joe Nathan - every team needs a closer still, don't they?

Tanner Scheppers - reliever

Mike Adams - can hopefully return healthy

Alexi Ogando - looks like a may pitch in relief?

Michael Kirkman - another reliever

Neftali Feliz - can hopefully regain form after missing half of 2012

J.P. Arencibia - um..he's still on the Jays, so another deal in the works?

Kelly Shoppach - someone has to replace Napoli

Mitch Moreland - looks like he playing first

Jurickson Profar - second base looks like his new position

Elvis Andrus - still the shortstop of the future?

Adrian Beltre - did receive 1 2nd place vote on AL MVP ballot

Michael Young - feels like he was never a Blue Jays prospect

Ryan Theriot - looks to bring playoff experience to clubhouse

Nick Swisher - so no Hamilton I guess

Craig Gentry - fast!

Nelson Cruz - if he stays healthy one day he could hit 50 HR's

David Murphy - solid hitter

Notes: so one notable omission from this list is second baseman Ian Kinsler, who most likely gets dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays for Romero and Arencibia. Josh Hamilton is replaced by Nick Swisher, and the team adds depth in Theroit and Shoppach.

What does Grant know that we don't? We shall soon find out!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blue Jays sign Julio Izturis

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Julio Izturis to a minor league contract. Yesterday, it was reported the team signed Cesar Izturis, the half brother of the recently signed Maicer. But that report turned out to be false.

Izturis played last season for the Giants A-ball team, hitting .209 with 6 stolen bases in 22 games.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Get your first look at Reyes, Johnson and Buehrle in a Jays uniform

The Blue Jays / Marlins trade is still not official, but it is in the MLB 12 The Show addition seen here. Get your first look at Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson in a Blue Jays uniform.

From the creative social team at theScore.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Blue Jays go from 100-1 odds down to 10-1

Amazing what happens, especially in Vegas, when a club goes out and makes a splash in the off-season that basically changes the entire look of a team.

The Blue Jays, who were listed as 100-1 to win the World Series back on Monday, moved to 15-1 after the blockbuster deal with the Marlins on Tuesday. Acquiring Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio will do that!


Today, they reportedly signed free agent Melky Cabrera, and instantly the odds went down to 11-1. After a few hours, they dropped again to 10-1.

Here are the updated odds to win the 2013 World Series.

Cincinnati Reds: 7-1

Washington Nationals: 7-1

Texas Rangers: 9-1

Detroit Tigers: 10-1

LA Dodgers: 10-1

Toronto Blue Jays: 10-1

Oakland Athletics: 11-1

San Francisco Giants: 11-1

LA Angels: 11-1

NY Yankees: 11-1

Atlanta Braves: 14-1

Philadelphia Phillies: 15-1

St Louis Cardinals: 20-1

Tampa Bay Rays: 20-1

Milwaukee Brewers: 30-1

Chicago White Sox: 33-1

Baltimore Orioles: 33-1

Boston Red Sox: 33-1

Pittsburgh Pirates: 40-1

Arizona Diamondbacks: 40-1

Miami Marlins: 66-1

Seattle Mariners: 66-1

NY Mets: 66-1

San Diego Padres: 66-1

KC Royals: 80-1

Cleveland Indians: 80-1

Minnesota Twins: 100-1

Colorado Rockies: 100-1

Chicago Cubs: 100-1

Houston Astros: 200-1

courtesy: bet365

Who do you have winning the World Series, and what team near the bottom of this list is likely to make a big off-season move?  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Will the next Jays manager be a name we haven't heard?

The Blue Jays are still without a manager, but you would have to think that will change very soon as free agency is now officially open. The team needs to find someone soon, and with that, find an entirely new coaching staff as well.

Not having a staff in place at this point isn't the worst scenario for the team, but it does help make decisions a whole lot easier when free agents know who their pitching coach, hitting coach, etc. will be. When A.J. Burnett decided to sign with the Blue Jays for five years and $55 million in December of 2005, it helped that Brad Arnsberg, the Jays pitching coach at the time, was part of the Jays staff. Burnett and Arsnberg were connected from their days in Florida with the Marlins.

All we've heard to date is that the Jays next manager will be looked at as a "top secret" mission. The names we've heard so far include Matt Williams, Tim Wallach, Sandy Alomar Jr, Brian Butterfield, Don Wakamatsu as possible candidates. Names such as Brad Ausmus and Manny Acta have been ruled out, according to some, but let's be realistic here, if the next manager is going to be held a secret, every name listed above should be ruled out. The talk as been that the team is looking for a manager with experience, so who's left that fits that description?

Here are few names (long-shots) that may be the next manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tony La Russa: the former Cardinals and Athletics manager is said to be enjoying his new role with Major League baseball, but after retiring a Champion with St. Louis, a phone call to manage again may make him change his mind.

Joe Torre: it was reported before the Red Sox hired John Farrell that Joe Torre was considering managing in Boston. He loves Toronto, and he is friends with Jays President Paul Beeston.

Ozzie Guillen: still being paid $7.5 million over the next three years to NOT manage the Marlins. Might be a PR nightmare, but in the long run, has the experience to manage a clubhouse and not just manage on the field.

Others: Jim Riggleman, Jerry Manuel, Brad Mills, Bobby Valentine, Jim Tracy

Believe me, I know these are big time long shots, but I really think the next manager is a name we haven't heard in the media as of yet.