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Adam Lind should play the field

Look, I know Lind’s a bit of butcher out in left field. I know it really seems like he’s destined to be a career DH or, possibly, a first baseman. I know his defensive stats are a little unimpressive — UZR/150 of -24.4 last year! — but they’re based on a pretty small sample size.

So yeah, it seems like Lind should be limited to an offensive role. But in response to that logic, I’m going to steal a line from Napoleon Rosenthal: “Come on!”

Lind’s only 26 and he’s only entering his second full season in the bigs. The Jays are expected to have an awful season this year, so why not give Lind a shot to improve on his defence out in left field? With Brian Butterfield still working his magic in terms of coaching the basics of fielding, What’s the worst that could happen? The worst I can think of is that Lind doesn’t develop at all in left and costs the teams a few runs and maybe a few wins. If that’s the case, yes it’ll be frustrating, but who cares? This season is about building.

Sticking Johnny Damon out in left is not building.

Writing off Lind’s defensive skills this early in his career is not building.

Another bonus of sticking Lind out in left is that it’ll give the Jays a chance to Free Randy Ruiz. Now that’s a guy who deserves a shot at being a full-time DH but has nothing to lose by sitting on the bench for the top of the first during home games.

The other position that keeps coming up as a defensive possibility for Lind is first base. What people who bring up this possibility seem to forget is that forgotten man Lyle Overbay is still on the team. I will not stand for Overbay bashing or doubting, so as long as he’s on the team, the position, in my mind at the very least, belongs to the Albino Warlord.

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Aroldis Chapman update: This time it’s really over.

Early last week, the Blue Jays somewhat surprisingly admitted to having some interest in Aroldis Chapman. A few days later, Toronto had reportedly made a $23-million offer to the Cuban defector and were, along with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim California U.S.A., considering to be the front runners for his services.

Then, earlier today, the Cincinnati Reds came out of nowhere (or nowhere that I was paying attention to) and signed the fireballing lefty to a 5-year, $30-million contract.

While this should be a disappointment to Jays fans, we can take solace in the fact that management was even considering spending this much cash on a largely unproven talent. That can only mean good things for the team’s (re)building.

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Aroldis Chapman update: It’s not over!

Hola, amigos. I know it’s been a long time since I rapped at ya, but I ain’t really been in any kind of shape to do up a decent post for a couple weeks now. Turning off your brain and turning on your drink to unacceptable levels may not sound good normally, but over the holidays it’s a wonderful thing.

But the holidays are over, and now I’m back. And I see the Jays have some good things in store.

On New Year’s Day, The Star ran an interview Cathal Kelly did with a psychic. Kelly was looking for predictions for the upcoming year in sports and, being the good man that he seems to be, asked said psychic about the Blue Jays. Surprisingly, the lady psychic (who had the balls to say the men’s hockey team will not win gold in Vancouver) was not negative about the Jays, saying:

“Whether or not they accomplish anything, there will be renewed interest. It’s going to be a feel-good story … and people are going to be pretty forgiving.”

Now, I have no faith whatsoever in any of the hocus pocus peddled by psychics, but I can’t help but get a little excited by what this one said about the Jays. I know it’s because it’s what I want to believe, but I don’t care. This team has the potential to be an exciting one to watch.

Hill! Lind! Snider! Ruiz! Wells! (Yes, Wells.) Chapman!

Yes, Aroldis Chapman! Or, more accurately, maybe Chapman. But, even with it only being a maybe, this is a pretty exciting development for me. If you’ve been following this blog at all, you know that I’ve been pretty fascinated with this Chapman character. And I’m glad to see that after initially squashing ideas of being involved with the flame-throwing lefty, Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos had his people arrange a private workout with the Cuban defector.

Of course, the chances that the Jays sign this guy are pretty slim, but it is encouraging to know that the team is not scared off by the player’s price tag, which is expected to be in  the $20-25 million range. That’s a lot of money, but if it’s going toward talent like this — talent that could be dominant in 2-3 years — then it’s a good investment and it’s a good sign that this building process is not meant to be a long, drawn out one.

Whether he signs Chapman or not, just showing an interest in Chapman is a pretty great Christmas present from the Jays to their fans.

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