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OK Blue Jays, You Need to…


Leave Gregg Zaun and Rod Barajas alone; promote Brian Jeroloman and Curtis


The Blue Jays need to
decide whether they are going to re-sign Gregg Zaun,
and pick up the 2009 option on Rod Barajas’s


The Jays should do neither,
and move on with new catchers.   If I
were Cito Gaston, Brian
(24) and Curtis Thigpen
(26) would be the two catchers that would start the regular season.   I’m aware of the awful season Thigpen
experienced, but it’s better to let Thigpen rebound, than paying Barajas $2.5
million next year.  Jeroloman (right) doesn’t
offer that much power, but he can certainly hit, as he had a .396 OBP in New
Hampshire (AA), and a .421 OBP with Class A Advanced Dunedin in 2007.



As for Thigpen , he had a
solid year at Syracuse in 2007, with 3 dingers, and a .348 OBP in 50
games.  He got called up to Toronto
where he struggled (.294 OBP, 0 HR), but was expected to make a serious contribution
in 2008.  Unfortunately, it was a
different story.  He started back in
Syracuse, and he only managed a measly .267 OBP with three homers in 361
at-bats.   I still believe Thigpen can
turn out to be a solid backup catcher in the major leagues.  So, if given a chance to play behind
Jeroloman, Curtis will be able to either prove me wrong or right next
year.   I’m confident he can rebound
from his tough 08 campaign.


Trade Shawn Camp to the Red Sox for Zak Farkes

Trade Jason Frasor to the Angels for Sean Rodriguez


Camp (below) and Frasor were
both valuable to the Blue Jays in 2008, but with the depth of the Toronto
bullpen, there are both the odd men out of the 2009 bullpen. 

shawn camp.jpg

The 09 pen is going to consist of B.J. Ryan,
Jeremy Accardo, Brandon League, Scott Downs, Jesse Carlson, Brian Tallet, and
Brian Wolfe.  I truthfully have no idea
what will become of Casey
.  It’s just my gut intuition
that tells me they should hang onto him. 
And also because, well, he’s really good. 

Anyway, unless someone
gets injured, the Jays are going to need to trade Camp and Frasor, as they are
both too good for AAA.   Frasor has a
much higher trade value than Camp, but both are going to fetch prospects of a
reasonable quality.  


I think the perfect
trade involving Camp would be going to the Red Sox for third base prospect Zak Farkes.   Farkes (right) isn’t that big of a prospect, but he
plays a position that Toronto doesn’t have a lot of depth in, plus he provides
some power.  I’d say Farkes has the
potential to at 20 home runs a year, and maintain an acceptable .OBP, although
it will never to be above average.  Farkes
isn’t a huge acquisition, but remember, it’s Shawn Camp he’s getting traded for.



The Frasor trade is a much
higher impact deal.  Frasor (left) can fill the
role of the 6th inning set-up man/middle reliever, similar to his
role with Toronto.  If K-Rod actually
stays in LA, then Frasor’s role will lessen, but seeing the small odds of that
possibility, Frasor should only be behind Scot Shields, Jose Arredondo, and
ex-teammate Justin Speier in the bullpen pyramid. 


If this deal is made, the
Jays suddenly have their 2009 starting shortstop.  Sean Rodriguez
crushed the ball in his 66-game stint with AAA Salt Lake.  Here his stats:

G     OBP     AB     HR     RBI     SB     BB     SO     SLG     OPS

.397    248    21      52      
4       29     
45    .645   1.042


Yes, he struggled mightily
with the Angels:


G     OBP     AB     HR     RBI     SB     BB     SO     SLG     OPS



59   .276    167     3        10      3       14     55     .317     .593

Yet, he’s still only 24
years old and has a very high upside. 
In fact, the more I look at Rodriguez (below), the more I think about how much
better he is than Jason Frasor.   I
still consider this an even trade for both clubs involved, though.  The Angels could use one more arm in the
bullpen; an arm just like Jason Frasor.

sean rodriguez.jpg

With former first rounder Kevin Ahrens
moving to third base permanently (he had a bad
first season
anyway), the Jays have zero shortstop prospects.  With Rodriguez at short, the Jays wouldn’t
have to play John
or Marco
everyday and let the new
play up to his full potential in the majors.  I’m sure that the Pacific Coast League
helped his power numbers a little, yet Rodriguez still has 20-homer power.  If demoted, I would have been slightly
interesting to how Rodriguez’s power numbers held up in the more pitcher
friendly International League.  That
small thought was shot down when the Blue Jays moved their Triple-A affiliate
from Syracuse to Las Vegas, but that’s no big deal.  Rodriguez should, without a doubt, be the starting shortstop in
Toronto.  That it is of course, if this
trade actually happens.