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Quote of the Day

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Dan: “Where the heck did we get Luna?!”

Me: “Well he had a great season for the Cardinals last year and only wasn’t starting because he’s so useful for his versatility but then he came to spring training fat and made a lot of errors and they gave up on him.”

Dan: “Hey, that sounds like something the Blue Jays would do!”

I really like that they Claimed Luna off waivers. Yes it’s a longshot on an erratic, mentally unstable player, but instead of a major leaguer who nobody wants, think of him as a new, only slightly old, minor league prospect who is better than anyone else we have coming up. He’s the super-versatile player we wanted Jason Smith to be, but he’s as young as Russ Adams. He’s quick, walks, has a little power. And although he’s been frustrating for some teams, it’s not like he’s burnt out. He hasn’t even played a full season in AAA yet, and he was rushed to the big leagues- the fact that his major league totals are better than his minor league ones tells you something.

And back to the quote…doesn’t it seem like the Jays are a little rough on the young guys? Rios was almost out the door for some pretty mediocre talent when his power wasn’t even developing that slowly. (Compare Magglio Ordonez to Rios and you can see that Alexis was not the first “late” (wait…he was 25?!) bloomer).

I guess Russ Adams and Josh Phelps were legitimate scrap-heapers, but the way they just sat Adams on the bench for a season was bizarre. Then there’s the cycle of 1-outing appearances they gave Jamie Vermilyea and Gronk and Brian Wolfe this season until they accidentally Wolfe up long enough to figure out how to pitch. And finally…remember when we told Marcum that due to his strong finish to 2006 he had a shot at the starting rotation, and then we went out and signed a bunch of extreme longshots so he didn’t really? Can we at least fire a scout somewhere for that decision??

Written by halejon

August 6, 2007 at 4:27 pm

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  1. All I remember of Luna: that he was the buffer between LaRussa and Rolen when they were nearly at blows last season.

    hroman

    August 7, 2007 at 1:20 pm

  2. I think that’s a very important role on our team. Just think, Lilly might still be with the Jays if we’d had someone with a little more speed in the clubhouse tunnel.

    Jonathan

    August 7, 2007 at 3:18 pm

  3. Haha.

    Thanks for the quote – I was neglecting the internet this weekend. It happens when you’re stuck somewhere in this giant province that hasn’t graduated past dial-up.

    I think this is a good step for the Jays, finally signing someone who is young “with potential”, rather then guys who are old and “past their prime”.

    What do you think is more likely, a cheap young guy with potential 5-tool skills, getting his shit together or an expensive old guy, regaining his form.

    Hell, even Joey Gathwright learned how to take a pitch this season and is slowly projecting to be a star lead-off guy (not to mention a star outfielder who’s been in the highlight reels continuously for the past two weeks). What did it take the Royals to pry him away from the D-Rays. Next to nothing for a supremely athletic, young player.

    I know he hasn’t panned out yet for the Phils, but this is a prime example of why it hurt so much to see Rosario go to the Phillies. He’s got such an electric arm, that if he ever found his control, it could be scary.

    And do you think that Pat Gillick would’ve given up on Carpenter? Food for thought.

    Dan

    August 8, 2007 at 3:38 pm


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