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Recent Zaunheads go to Rasmus (Sunday), Bautista (Saturday), and Edwin (Friday).
Former Blue Jay Edwin Jackson takes the hill for the Nats tonight, against Jays ace Brandon Morrow. I mostly just wanted to point out that Jackson is a former Blue Jay, despite never appearing in a game with the team. The more I think about that whole trade, the more I like it from the perspective of the Cardinals. That's not to say that I like it, because they gave up a starting CF with 4 years of control, but, again, the return that they got somehow seems less retarded to me now, considering the draft picks that they got for the loss of both Dotel and Jackson. I don't know how much cash was sent to the Cards, or how useful that really is to a team, but that's also something that you have to remember (as well as the salary dump of Tallet/Walters/Miller).
The Jorge Soler sweepstakes have apparently wrapped up, with the Cubs winning the rights. The Jays were rumored to be interested, but weren't seen as favorites. Everything that I've read suggests that he'll get a 4 year deal worth at least $20MM, and that if he were eligible to be drafted, he'd have definitely gone in the first round, perhaps in the top 10. He isn't signed (yet) per se, but the Cubs apparently submitted the highest offer, similar to the way they do the Japanese posting system.
Both Dustin McGowan and Sergio Santos suffered setbacks in their respective rehab assignments. Santos threw his second bullpen session and felt discomfort in his shoulder, so they want to dial things back in terms of intensity. McGowan has felt tightness in his shoulder throwing from flat ground, and doesn't really have a timetable to return.
Baseball Prospectus has a look at Vlad Guerrero, with gifs. In case you haven't heard, he did good in A-ball, but has sucked in AAA, over small samples.
Speaking of A-ball, the Jays' High-A team in Dunedin clinched a playoff berth (it's a weird two-half system) with a win the other day. Travis Snider, on a rehab assignment, helped them win by going 4-for-5 in the game. He's apparently stealing bases too.
Jose Valverde sucks, and has resorted to cheating. Meanwhile, Chris Perez probably swallows his dip.