One to Hate on Valentine's Day
I am at work. There are chocolate hearts everywhere, and we are talking about quitting early so to minimize our time sludging through the snow. Everybody is happy. Valentine’s day – time for a little hate. But whom should I hate? My first thought was Royce Clayton. There is no way in hell that Royce of the .307 OBP, should have earned himself a starting job on a contender. No way that, with new dirty Rogers money, the Jays would have to reach into the Red’s garbage bin for an IF plug. But it has happened, and I am feeling the burn. But as I think of poor Royce, and look at his sad little face at sportsline.com, I realize that my Valentine’s Day hate is misplaced. It is Russ Adams’ fault. Russ, Mr. .282 OBP, .319 SLG, and .219 BA. Mr. I have a freebie at 2B and I can’t even hit .220, can’t even make signing Royce Clayton to start at short an impossibility. Russ Adams. If you need to hate anyone today, and you do, hate him. And when you are done, hate Royce, just a little, for not retiring last year…
Zambrano a Jay - Not the Good one
Another pitcher joins the Ligaments of the Willing as ex-Met and Devil Ray Victor Zambrano has signed a minor league deal with the Jays.
If healthy, Zambrano could pitch 150 innings... and walk 150 batters. Zambrano has good stuff, or at least he did prior to surgery last May, but he simply can't locate it, having issued 382 walks in 682 career innings.
The "if healthy" caveat is a big one, too, as Zambrano had an elbow tendon repaired, a ligament replaced, bone spurs removed and his tires rotated. Still, another arm never hurts and if the Jays can pull the double miracle of a Zambrano who 1) is healthy and 2) learns to throw strikes suddenly at age 31, then they could have something.
They have a better chance of trading him for Scott Kazmir again.