Also, my head is still spinning from the deals that were handed out to Votto and Matt Cain. I guess baseball owners are not hurting for money these days!
Nah, Votto's a stud.
They are obviously expecting a bit of inflation. Paying a premium for locking him up for his prime years. 12 years is pretty long, but the Annual Average Value is pretty cheap for a player of his calibre. If he can continue producing at 6-7 WAR for the next 5yrs, and then doesn't go into too much decline, I think it's a good deal.
It's a risk, but a calculated one.
Considering what Cain got, I feel better about the Darvish contract as a Rangers fan. I'm not comparing the two as I know one is an established MLB stud while the other needs to prove himself, but I think the asking price of Darvish next season would have been significantly higher.
I reckon' this could very well be the year the Blue Jays stop being the "cute lil' team from Toronto" and start contesting with the big boys, especially with the change in playoff structure and the classic 90's Jays logo back in action. Hoping Lawrie has a huge year, the kid's got what it takes.
Joys of opening day, lets even blue jays fans think they have a chance in the AL east
For as long as there is limited overs cricket - of ten, twenty or fifty overs - there will remain the Sri Lankan spinners' mid-innings choke
As for the Jays' chances for postseason baseball, it's pretty silly to completely write them off. It's true they haven't been competitive as a unit, despite starting well each season. And being in one of the most competitive divisions doesn't help.
But they have been improving as a result of one of the strongest farm systems in baseball. We all know what a strong farm system did for a team like Tampa Bay. And guys like Lawrie are finally starting to come through. The kid has potential and tremendous range at third base, arguably the best in the AL. It's clear that this ball club has placed a strong focus on scouting and player development. And one of our biggest issues was in regards to the strength of the bullpen, which has also seen some major improvements with the addition of guys like Cordero and Sergio Santos.
Again, I'm not saying we'll necessarily make it through this year, especially with the starting rotation still a weak spot, but it's definitely something to look forward to for Jays' fans in the coming years. And obviously, a lot depends on injuries too. But I wouldn't be surprised if we finish above the Red Sox this year.
EDIT: Also, this club has had a lot of spirit since near the end of last season. You can see the guys have good chemistry, are enjoying their baseball, and have that hunger to win games. I could see this even in these two games against Cleveland, to start the season off, they've come back from behind and shown that spirit to come up big in crunch situations. Of course, this is just a matter of perception though.
Last edited by Turbinator; 07-04-2012 at 05:05 PM.
I think next year you're a legitimate chance (because we'll trade Shields at some stage, and probably take a slight step back offensively again) but I don't see it this year. To be taken seriously by most people I'd say you need to add a top line guy to your rotation (Shields? haha) but I don't think it would be too much of a problem if Morrow takes another step forward and your position players continue to perform.
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