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Thought I'd point out a couple of links:
Jon Heyman jumps in on the Farrell to Boston thing: Jays are suggesting they won't let Farrell go to Boston, but they should. I'll admit to a fair bit of fatigue on the whole thing, which I suppose it the Boston media's game plan, get us all so tired of hearing about it that we dump the Jay cheap.
I know it's all likely negotiations, the Jays maybe have an idea of what they feel they should get for Farrell and won't let him go for less. I'm sure, if the Red Sox could fill one of the holes that we need to deal with, then sure they'd let him go, if not, then no. Why open one hole if you aren't filling another.
Personally I'd like them to sign him to a long extension, if they want to keep him, or get what they can for him, if they don't. But let's do something about it quick. It would be nice to discuss something else.
Sirius/XM broadcaster Jim Duquette reported that he'd heard there was a "disconnect'' between Farrell and his front office, and while Farrell denied that, as he absolutely had to, several people around baseball suggest things are less than perfect in that relationship. But if things were perfect between a manager and front office at a time a team so starkly underachieves, that would mark one of the first times in baseball history.
You can't expect Farrell and Anthopoulos to have made through the season we just had without some disagreements. I love the term 'heard there was a disconnect'. Where do you suppose he heard it? Other media reports. That's how we ended up with 50 reports telling us we were getting Yu Darvish, reporters hearing things from other reports.
"They should absolutely make the deal,'' one competing GM opined about Farrell to Boston. "I think they will.''
Well, that settles it, if a competing GM says so, we really should do it.
The compensation may wind up being pretty good, too. After their protracted, conflicted managerial search last year, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, who it said will make the call this time, still won't want to take a candidate to Boston's ownership that they may very well reject. Cherington knows Boston's owners love Farrell as much as he does.
I wonder what Heyman considers 'pretty good'?
Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels has reviewed how the players on his top 50 pitcher and batter prospect list fared this season:
A couple of his comments on Blue Jays:
23) Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B+: Hit .263/.349/.451 in 65 High-A games, but just .233/.286/.336 in 55 Double-A contests. Combined for 24 steals. Scouting reports on his tools remain positive but he's still got a lot of work to do with the bat against advanced pitching.
26) Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B+: Hit .286/.366/.419 with 49 walks, 101 strikeouts in 420 at-bats for Las Vegas, then .223/.303/.319 with 17 walks, 59 strikeouts, 15 steals in 166 at-bats for the Blue Jays. Speed and glove are impressive, but will he hit enough?
35) Deck McGuire, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B+: Hide your eyes: went 5-15 in 28 starts for Double-A New Hampshire, with a 97/62 K/BB in 144 innings and 162 hits allowed. Lost some zip on his fastball, secondary pitches and command weren't good enough to compensate. Stock way down at this point.
There are other Jays on his lists, so check out the posts.
I also wanted to point out Blg Leagues Monthly, a digital magazine. There is a lot of stuff in there, but my favorite was a post on the AFL by Wes Yee.
Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving. Remember overeating is a team sport.