Some Minor Tidbits

Prior to Friday’s game against Boston, Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi spoke about a number of issues with reporters. He discussed how he’d like to bring Ted Lilly back, how the Jays need a larger payroll to realistically have a shot at winning the division, he said he takes full responsibility for his team’s shortcomings, and he talked about Toronto’s Minor Leagues.

Since I went into detail about the monetary issues in today’s notebook and wrote about the Lilly situation yesterday, I’ll take some time out here today to mention some of the things Ricciardi noted about his farm system:

–Ricciardi said that he believed left-hander Ricky Romero, Toronto’s first pick in last year’s draft, is close to being Major-League ready. Romero has only gone 2-7 with a 5.08 in 12 starts at Double-A, but Ricciardi said the pitcher’s last handful of starts have gone well. Romero began this season with an arm injury.

"I think Romero is close. He has thrown really well in his last six or seven starts in Double-A," Ricciardi said. "We don’t have a lot of pitching help as far as a No. 3 starter or something like that. Romero could eventually be that."

–For you David Purcey fans out there, Ricciardi said he’ll have to start next season at Double-A again. After going 2-7 with a 5.40 ERA at Triple-A this year, Purcey — Toronto’s top pick in the ’04 draft — has gone 4-5 with a 5.90 ERA at Double-A. Earlier this season, Ricciardi said he felt Purcey was about a year away from being ready. It looks like it’s going to take a bit longer.

"Purcey is doing OK, but he’s going to have to start at Double-A again next year," Ricciardi said. "He’s got a good arm, but his control has been off this year. With guys like that, they’re up and down. I think he’s going to be fine — we’re just going to have to show a lot more patience."

–Right-hander Casey Janssen, who went 6-10 with 17 starts for Toronto earlier this season, might have been called up this month, but it looks like a nagging back injury will keep him out of another big-league stint.  He’s had the "pulled muscle" — as Ricciardi described it — in his back for about the last month, month and a half. Ricciardi also admitted that keeping Janssen at Triple-A all year might have been better than rushing him to the Majors. Unfortunately, circumstances dictated otherwise.

"We rushed Janssen, but we knew we rushed him," Ricciardi said. "He probably should’ve been at Triple-A the whole year and he probably would’ve bene better off that way. Same with [Ty] Taubenheim. He only pitched in A-ball the year before. We didn’t plan on those guys being in the big leagues, but we didn’t plan on two of our starters being hurt and we didn’t plan on [Josh ] Towers not pitching well."

–As far as outfielder Adam Lind, who made his Major League debut on Saturday in Boston, Ricciardi said that he was probably more in the plans for 2008, but the left-handed hitter’s ability with the bat might force Toronto’s hand. Lind hit .400 at Triple-A after winning the Eastern League’s MVP Award for his work at Double-A.

"I don’t know about next year," said Ricciardi, referring to the plans for Lind. "I think ideally, we’d probably pencil maybe half of ’07 and going forward from there. He can really hit, so he may push our buttons a little bit more."

OTHER NOTES:

–Lind joins first baseman Kevin Barker and pitcher Dustin McGowan as the only September callups so far. Ricciardi said that he’d bring up five players, which means Josh Towers and Francisco Rosario are probably the remaining two. In order to add Towers, Toronto will have to make room on the 40-man roster.

–Troy Glaus sat out of Saturday’s game because he still wasn’t feel well after leaving Friday’s game with a sinus infection. Toronto manager John Gibbons said he believed Glaus would be able to play on Sunday.

Here was Saturday’s Blue Jays lineup: LF Catalanotto, 2B Hill, CF Wells, 1B Overbay, RF Rios, C Zaun, DH Lind, 3B Hattig, SS McDonald

That’s all for now. I’m sure there will be more tomorrow. Keep the comments coming. The numbers have been slipping in that regard. Pick it up Jays fans.

5 Comments

It was nice to see Burnett bounce back after his last outing. Hopefully he can stay healthy next year, we will need him to win some games for us. As for Adam Lind, if he can come up and hit .300 and put a few out of the park, I was thinking that might influence whether or not we bring back Catalanotto? It would definatly be a tough descision because Cat comes to play everyday and brings alot to this team. But it just wouldn’t make sense to hold Lind back and spend the money on something we don’t really need. I would rather see the money spent on pitching or **** wich we desperatly need.

denny is right. lind is just a younger, cheaper, and possibly better version of catalanotto. we need to leave catalnotto and go out and get a starter like gil meche. im not convinced we need a shortstop, however. Johnny Mac is an incredible defender

Lind might be a good replacement for Cat but I don’t think it is good to stop Lind’s growth by using him as a 4th outfielder. Unless he can be a part-time DH as well. Though Cat is a solid player, maybe the money should be used otherwise. But if Cat is $2-3M, bring him back. He makes the bench stronger and is a great role model for young guys.

OF is pretty much set with Johnson and Rios. But if Wells is gone, maybe a platoon of Lind and Cat though I don’t know how well Lind plays defense.

Johnny Mac is a great SS but his bat is really poor. Jays might have to use him as a full-time just to save money but having your #9 guy as a .220 hitter in the AL East is tough. Would not like to see a upgrade at SS but I think that is the lowest priority now. Maybe Adams can shape up next year as well. And no Lugo, he is totally overrated.

I think JP’s priorities are:

Wells situation

Starting rotation (#3 and #5 with Chacin in between)

Catcher (Zaun or someone else?)

Veteran relief (League, Accardo, Marcum, Tallet… need some veterans just in case)

Shortstop

I hope Ted Rogers listens to JP and gives him more money for Wells. Vernon is a franchise MVP player and would be a shame to lose him. And let’s hope Wells WANTS to stay.

For the wells situitation i think we should trade him. We need to get better starting pitching. I am gonna list some of the deals that J.P. could make involving wells. Some of them are a bit stu- lets just say unrealistic but i will post them all.
Wells to angels for cabrera, santana, weaver and a prospect

Wells to astros for oswalt

Wells to red sox for becket and crisp

Wells, molina to the orioles for tejada, markakais

Wells to rangers for young

wells to indians for grady seizemore and c.c. sabathaia

Wells to angels for vladmir guerraro

Wells to angels for santana and howie kendrick maybe a prospect

Wells and adams for john smoltz

wells to nationals for soriano

Wells to twins for hunter, a good rookie/sophmore pitcher and prospect

wells and molina to tigers for verlander, rodriguez and prospect

wells to angels for kendrick lackey

These are some of the ones i read or heard. some-alot of them seem unrealistic but…

all of those are ridiculously stupid, and a lot are either old or in their contract years. you are STUPID

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