Monday, May 17, 2010

BAS Auction

Jose Bautista certainly isn't making it easy for me to hate him. Well, dismiss him. He doesn't really do anything interesting enough to win my support; he simply mashes dingers at a breathtaking pace.

When I first looked at Bautista's hot September, the conclusion wasn't "JoeBau is lucky and without skill", it was more "he's good at one thing in particular, a skill possessed by many professional baseball players. That he can hit a fastball is nice, but not especially unique or noteworthy." I tried to show that — as with many miraculous months of September — bad or inexperienced pitchers serve up juicy meatballs that a not-quite league average guy like Jose Bautista jumps all over.

Remember the difference between my interpretation of Randy Ruiz's month and the other dudes (EE, BAS) was the quality and variety of pitches taken deep. Unfortunately for everyone, Randy Ruiz now appears to audition for his ongoing employment with every swing, resulting in some pretty ugly but mercifully short at bats.

Fast forward to today and Jose Bautista cannot be stopped. Suddenly the Jays have versatile Three True Outcome monster that isn't afraid to knock 450 foot dingers into the second deck, like a shittier American League version of Mark Reynolds. He's swinging a hot bat and playing excellent defense at two corner positions. That's something I can, short of joining a society, appreciate. After all...
ap·pre·ci·a·tion   [uh-pree-shee-ey-shuhn] –noun
1. gratitude; thankful recognition: They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
2. the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
3. clear perception or recognition, esp. of aesthetic quality: a course in art appreciation.
4. an increase or rise in the value of property, goods, etc.
5. critical notice; evaluation; opinion, as of a situation, person, etc.
6. a critique or written evaluation, esp. when favorable.
Heck yeah, Jose Bautista's hot streak might just create a tidy little trade market for the valuable slugger*. Fangraphs (somewhat inevitably, real life delayed this post while Dave Cameron fired off two posts. FML) pointed out both Jose's potential trade value and (hyperbole alert) his opportunity to be this year's Ben Zobrist! Unfortunately it takes two teams to dance, so who might benefit from some hot BAS in their lives?

The Angels

Handing the job to young Brandon Wood seemed like a good idea on paper, in fact it IS a good idea. Which is exactly why Mike Scioscia likely pines for a veteran guy who can play multiple positions. The Angels minor league system isn't much better off than the Jays. Fireballing reliever Kevin Jepsen is a high-ceiling power arm with command issues. AA seems bullish on that type, the Angels prefer proven guys in their bullpen.

The Braves

Ole Chip is nearing the end of his impressive career, even more impressive when you consider he managed not to shoot himself on his countless hunting excursions. The Braves aren't quite rebuilding but replacing their aging pieces one by one. A team with a glut of young pitching, I'm sure Bobby and friends could cough up something worthy Bautista. Hey, they could always package Eric Hinske and Troy Glaus.

The Mariners

Geez, the Mariners are turrible! They can't score runs to save their lives. The final act of the Jose Lopez experience is almost to curtain. The M's need an infusion of pop, even if they must sacrifice their precious run prevention.

The Mariners system is a little skimpy, maybe the Jack Z could trade one of his bullpen arms? Looks like the guy they picked up in off season —I think his name is League?— is off to a slow start. I bet they'd totally part with him. That guy might fit well as a Blue Jay.

The Twins

Nick Punto? Brendan Harris? Are you kidding me? Jose Bautista can bunt if you really ask him nicely? He'd fit in nicely with all the left handed power kicking around that snow-choked tundrahole.

The Twins lack both "high upside prospects" and "a roster capable of winning any other division in baseball:, so the pickings are slim. Maybe their sick of J.J. Hardy already, though where would he play? Matt Guierrer is pretty awesome, though bullpen arms are hardly worthy trade pieces. Especially 31 year old pitchers with declining strikeout numbersDAMMITT my nerdiness ruins my own damn game.

* - Upselling!

Image courtesy of Bautista Appreciation Society founder Ian Hunter


  1. I appreciate the League shout-out. I bet Brandon does, too, considering his status right now on the west coast. Hell, even that tumblr devoted to Brandon League stopped updating. Sigh.

  2. Can you imagine if the Jays trade both Gonzalez and Bautista at the trade deadline? Prospect porn for all!

  3. Fucking hilarious. That is my tumblr.

    I'm going to update it right now just for you.

    And honestly, Wakamatsu seems to love him. He was doing great until that... grand slam inning. What else is new? Bound to happen with him. Wak wasn't at all afraid to send him out there amidst of the rest of the struggling bullpen. So much so, that League is now #1 on the Mariners bullpen depth chart (Aside from Aardsma as closer).

  4. Incidentally, the Mariners completely changed Brandon League's mechanics and now he's down 3 strikeouts per 9 innings. Ummm, dudes?

  5. I don't know. :(

    It's the contacts.

  6. I think Lookout Landing wrote a post about the Mariners changing League's delivery and how monumentally stupid it was to change someone with an un-hittable pitch. Damn it, Seattle.

  7. "The Twins lack "high upside prospects"" My wandering eye begs to differ

    Wilson Ramos, considering they've inked Mauer for life I think this guy may become expendable.

  8. If memory serves, the Twins have a couple of CF prospects that the Jays should be interested in. I think CF and 3B would be the two positions of most interest to the Jays.

  9. I have a question. Is Overbay pull-happy this year? He seems to be rolling over a lot of outside pitches and grounding out to the right side of the infield. I always thought he was more apt to take an outside pitch the other way.

  10. Good question Gil, I'll look into it (hopefully tonight.) Better than the Eeyore boo hoo post I was thinking about.



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