Found November 07, 2011 on Batter's Box:
Last week we found plenty of topics to kick off the first week of the winter, winter being that time of the year when baseball is not played. This week threatens to be a quiet week on the baseball front but who knows? Award season doesn't start until next week so baseball news will have to be generated by the general managers. The general managers meet next week in Milwaukee and that might get trading season going. But more likely those meetings will set the stage for the winter meetings in December.The free agent season started last week with the expressions of interest stage. There is a deadline on November 23rd where teams have to offer arbitration to their free agents. For those at the top or bottom of the lists the deadline is meaningless but for those type A's in the middle of the wish-lists the deadline could impact their fate. If a team offers arbitration then the cost of signing them goes up, sometime prohibitively. If no offer is made then they are a true fr...

Blue Jays Offseason Focus

                The baseball hot stove doesn’t typically heat up until the GM Winter Meetings, which will take place from December 5th to 8th, but it’s not too early to start looking at what Alex Anthopoulos and the Toronto Blue Jays could do during the offseason. For the Blue Jays there are three obvious areas of need: second base, relief pitching, and outfield depth...

Walker named Blue Jays' bullpen coach

The Toronto Blue Jays have picked Pete Walker to replace Pat Hentgen as the team's bullpen coach. Hentgen, a former Cy Young winner, stepped down from the position Monday for personal reasons. He will remain with the club as a special assistant. Wlaker, who enjoyed an eight-year MLB career, spent last season as pitching coach for Double-A New Hampshire, winners of the Eastern...

Minor League Grab Bag

We haven't had a minor league thread in a while, now seems like a good time to get one going.  I received some updates from the instructional league last week and I thought I would share those.  In addition I have a look back at the 2011 season and we will catch up on the AFL. Instructional LeagueInstructional league wrapped up a couple of weeks ago.  Some of you may not...

Toronto Blue Jays looking for an experienced closer

The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to become contenders next season, and according to Buster Olney of ESPN, they would have to add a “shutdown” closer to do so. Olney points out that the Blue Jays were tied for third in blown saves in 2011 with 25. This winter, the closer market has a lot of interesting choices, like Heath Bell, Matt Capps, Joe Nathan, Ryan Madson, Jonathan Papelbon...

2011 Positional Review: 1B

Just going to give you an up-front warning: the best of these guys don't ever come up in scouts' discussions of the premium talent in the Jays organization. the position is in better shape for prospects than 2B and 3B, but the best guys are usually regarded as guys who project to a relatively low ceiling.1. David Cooper (24) - Everything the scouts tell you about Cooper screams...

Walker replaces Hentgen in Jays' bullpen (AP)

Pete Walker has replaced former AL Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen as the Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen coach. Hentgen quit Monday for personal reasons and will remain with the organization as a special assistant. Walker spent this year as pitching coach at Double-A New Hampshire, which won the Eastern League title.

Bautista earning acclaim this offseason

The awards season is in full swing around Major League Baseball, and Jose Bautista heads a list of Blue Jays players receiving attention across the league.

Walker replaces Hentgen as Blue Jays bullpen coach

Pete Walker has replaced former AL Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen as the Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen coach.

10 Photos - The Penultimate Finale

Today's POTD deals with the second last home game of the 2011 season for the Blue Jays.
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