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sent long-time prospect Travis Snider
Lincoln isn't a "middle reliever". His velocity's up this year, and out of the pen in 2012, he's got an 0.50 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP, and a 40/8 K/BB in 35 2/3 IP. He's a very, very good setup arm with closer potential, if the Jays want to use him that way.
A reliever with a terrible track record in the majors...
at age 27
The Jays bought high on him...
He had a terrible track record in the majors because up until this year he was being used primarily as a starter, and he doesn't have much of a changeup to speak of. As a reliever, though, he's been a totally different pitcher.
No, the Jays bought low on Lincoln. A year from now, you'd be giving up a lot more than an interesting-ish busted prospect in order to get him.
Mostly what I wonder is what the Jays OF looks like in the short and medium term. Short-term they've got Rasmus, Davis, and Gose. Neither Davis nor Gose should be playing everyday, but there's no fourth guy on the roster except maybe Yan Gomes, who's also the backup catcher. Plus, the Jays have a nine-or-ten man bullpen at the moment, which seems excessive. The OF situation will be cleared up a bit when Bautista returns from the DL, but who's the regular LF next year? I can't believe Gose will be ready; he's looked very raw so far.
He may end up being a serviceable bench player someday, but he shouldn't start for a contending team.
My thinking is that AA sees the Jays as similar to last year's Cardinals team, and that an upgraded bullpen could be the difference between .500 and the playoffs. This of course means that Snider is this year's Colby Rasmus.
Mariners fans, you're in for a big treat watching Thames in the outfield. He's definitely something special out there.
You don't think they've already suffered enough with Ibanez?
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