Birds All Day: 94. No News Is Good News

Andrew Stoeten
December 15 2016 10:51PM

Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion
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The pilot light in the hot stove seems to have gone out, and yet the Blue Jays have a lot of cooking still to do. Is this a harbinger of bad things to come? Maybe! And maybe we'll find out if we can decipher the club's latest online job posting -- which we read out loud. Uh... and so much more!

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Edwin Encarnacion's Bat Drop In Stained Glass Is Your New Favourite Thing Ever

Andrew Stoeten
December 14 2016 12:03PM

Edwin Encarnacion
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Wherever he ends up playing the rest of his career, Blue Jays fans will always have incredible memories of Edwin Encarnacion. And now we'll also have maybe Edwin's greatest Blue Jays moment immortalized in stained glass.

Or... well... we won't have it. An incredible hero of an imgur/Reddit user and stained glass artist, jayn19 will have it. But we'll have pictures of it on the internet!

To wit:

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Why A Blue Jays Rebuild Could Be Coming Soon

Andrew Stoeten
December 14 2016 11:30AM

Jays infielders
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The Dodgers are the latest team to give a shit ton of money to a reliever, splurging $80 million over fives years to keep their incredible closer, Kenley Jansen. It's an eye-popping amount for a closer, especially given that long-term relief pitcher contracts notoriously tend to end badly. But sometimes an overpay is simply the cost of doing business—a necessity if you want to actually get the player, rather than ending up looking for considerably worse alternatives while convincing yourself you did a great job in terms of finding value.

"If you're always rational about free agents, you will finish third on every free agent," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said at last week's winter meetings.

The Blue Jays weren't reported to have been in on Jansen, and that's unsurprising. Despite their massive success over the last two seasons, the Jays behave as though they need to worry about making costly mistakes quite a bit more than the big-money Dodgers do. So far we've heard of them being in on expensive players like Edwin Encarnacion and Dexter Fowler, but only to a point—only so long as it makes sense for them. Only so long as it's rational.

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Some Rambling Thoughts On the Jays' Outfield...

Andrew Stoeten
December 13 2016 02:45PM

Jays outfielders
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It's December 13th and the outfielders currently on the Blue Jays' roster are Kevin Pillar, Melvin Upton, Ezequiel Carrera, Steve Pearce (if you really have to), and maybe Dalton Pompey.

This is... not a championship calibre group.

The club has talked about the need for at least one or two more outfielders, and that would certainly seem ideal given what's here.

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Some Convoluted Thoughts On Justin Smoak's Contract

Andrew Stoeten
December 13 2016 11:29AM

Justin Smoak
"Don't like my contract? Come at me, bro!" Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

It is not remotely difficult to understand why the Blue Jays extended Justin Smoak at the time they did, you just have to actually think about it like you’re Blue Jays.

On the surface, sure, this is a real easy decision for fans to dislike. Giving money to a bad player we hate that could have otherwise gone to great players we love? It seems obvious that the deal is bad and that anybody who dislikes it is no mere lemon-sucking halfwit, they might even be downright rational!

Everybody ends up feeling pretty good, sneering at a front office they've been conditioned from the get-go to be suspicious of and an owner most of them already hate because of a decade-and-a-half of running the team on the far-too-cheap (plus the fact that so many also pay the company exorbitant fees for cell phones and Wi-Fi and cable TV packages -- assuming cable TV still exists -- every month).

There isn’t, then, a whole lot of incentive to get bogged down contemplating internal logic. That will only lead us to places that undermine our comfy disdain.

But of course there was internal logic to the move. Figuring out what it was isn’t very difficult, either.

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