Found August 02, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Former Practically Perfect Backup Catcher and current Rogers Sportsnet analyst/plus-plus website proprietor Gregg Zaun tweeted something last December that seemed very silly. So silly, in fact, that I remembered it roughly eight months longer than I remember most tweets. But now that we're two-thirds of the way through the season, what Zaun said is starting to sound slightly more persuasive. Just over a month after joining the Angels, Jerry Dipoto traded Mathis to the Blue Jays for Brad Mills. By that time, Mathis had been one of the worst hitters in baseball for the better part of a decade: from 2005 to 2011, only one player (Humberto Quintero) amassed at least 1,000 plate appearances with a TAv worse than Mathis’ .207. He was entering his age-29 season, and no one expected him to make any offensive improvement. No one, that is, except Gregg Zaun. I have seen the power in Mathis' bat. Scioscia made sure his catchers only cared about D. Why else would the...

Down On The Farm: Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to have one of the best mixes of major league talent and minor league reinforcements in the wings coming into this season. However, their lower levels have been unable to keep the big league squad equipped with enough talent to keep up with the rash of injuries the team has suffered. Has the system faltered? Were the prospects over-hyped? Or...

Toronto offense struggles without Bautista

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Jays added to bullpen but couldn't acquire a starter

The Toronto Blue Jays couldn't make a big splash before the trade deadline. The best they could do was cause a couple of ripples when they traded outfielders Travis Snider and Eric Thames for relief pitchers Brad Lincoln and Steve Delabar. Back on July 20, they made a 10-player deal that brought them reliever Brandon Lyon and starter/reliever J.A. Happ from the Houston Astros...

Toronto Blue Jays: Snider and Thames have been traded

Before I get to anything else, I have a trade to inform you about.  The Toronto Blue Jays have sent Travis Snider to Pittsburgh for pitcher Brad Lincoln Monday night.  They also sent Eric Thames to Seattle (which happens to be the team they were playing against on Monday night) for pitcher, Steve Delabar.   What Do I think of this trade?  Well, I think it was a good move. ...

Toronto Blue Jays trade Travis Snider to Pirates for Brad Lincoln

Travis Snider (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Toronto Blue Jays traded fan-favourite Travis Snider to the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30 halfway through their 4-1 loss in Seattle against the Mariners. The Blue Jays received right-handed relief pitcher Brad Lincoln in return for the left fielder. Shortly after Snider was sent packing, general manager Alex Anthopoulos then traded Eric...
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