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  1. I hate to be pedantic (actually, that’s a lie…) but you can’t have degrees of uniqueness. If something’s unique, there’s only one of it – you can’t get more unique than unique.


    Comment by LondonStatto — November 17, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  2. your comment isn’t very unique. and it is pedantic.

    Comment by Scout Finch — November 17, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  3. Great trade for both sides. I’ve always loved Rajai Davis and thought he was extremely underrated.

    Comment by JoeS — November 17, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  4. That’s my girl!

    Comment by Atticus — November 17, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

  5. Shouldn’t you be out on a ledge somewhere?

    Comment by Navin V. — November 17, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  6. In my opinion these two relievers wouldn’t even make the Blue Jays top 30, so I think it’s a good trade.

    Comment by woodman — November 17, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  7. Still hoping the Dodgers can pick up a similar type of CF.

    Comment by dusto — November 17, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

  8. The 2nd reliever in the deal farquhar ranked in the jays top 10 list on this site earlier this season

    Comment by mike — November 17, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

  9. Sad to see Rajai go. He’s always exciting to watch on the basepaths. However, getting two solid arms our of the deal is a plus, seems the A’s are getting confident about the new outfield with DeJesus

    Comment by beaneball — November 17, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  10. There also can’t be the “oldest” of a pair- just the older; there shouldn’t be a semicolon after speed (in the second paragraph), just a comma; and the second sentence in the fifth paragraph is a run-on. You have a great vocabulary and provide splendid analysis, but these minor malapropisms interrupt your otherwise delightful prose….

    Comment by Anal Wordster — November 17, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

  11. For a guy who was a shoo-in to be non-tendered, Beane getting 2 promising relief arms is a genius move. Remember the last random guy he yanked out of AA and put in the bullpen? His name was Andrew Bailey. These 2 guys profile as something similar. Raj and his 1.2 WAR are a dime a dozen.

    Literally the only thing Raj does well is steal bases, but he has long stretches of not getting on base so that cancels that out. His defense is reliant on speed, not instincts, he’s far from being anything better than “passable” in the OF. He is a hacker who will hit a random home run, then spend his next 50 at bats trying to do it again. He needs to have a big (.350+) BABIP to be a good player, but he changes his approach at the plate too much to get there. Only if the Jays can get it into his head that he needs to be a “slap n run” guy ala Gardner or Ichiro, will they will win this deal.

    Comment by PL — November 17, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  12. LondonStatto, your reading comprehension needs some fine-tuning. He doesn’t mean the names are the most unique, but that the trade involves the greatest number of unique names. Rather than say “greatest number of”, he said “most”, which is perfectly acceptable in our fantastic land. Read twice before making an arse out of yourself.


    Comment by Nick — November 17, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  13. I do like this deal for both sides. I agree Rajai is known for his base-stealing, but now they can move Bautista to 3b and have a nice 4th outfielder. This deal is one more reason why Billy Beane is a beast at building bullpens.

    Comment by Jeff — November 17, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

  14. Those aren’t malapropisms. Simply minor errors of punctuation and agreement that did not result in a run scored. Be careful with alliteration the use of ellipses and your comments will better received.

    BTW, it should be “Davis’s” (see Strunk & White, Rule 1). :)

    As for the trade, I will wait to see what the BP looks like in April, because my initial reaction is the Jays gave up too much for a nearly 30 year old 4th OF.

    Comment by EdwardM — November 17, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  15. Farquhar had a downyear, he basically went from being the closer in AA to middle relief because of his struggles on the first half. But he turned that around on the second half. I say he would rank in 25-30 in Blue Jays farm system given the talent Anthopoulus signed and drafted this year.

    Comment by Cerulean — November 17, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  16. DeJesus is an upgrade over Davis, but what about Magnuson/Farquhar vs Mazzaro/Marks…

    Comment by ATrain — November 17, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  17. Davis is going to replace Fred Lewis. All of Toronto rejoice!

    Comment by jirish — November 17, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

  18. That can’t be right. Other than Chris Carpenters and Chris Youngs, are there any players who have an active namesake?

    If what I suspect is true, than any trade not involving five or more players such that none of the players being traded is named Chris Carpenter or Chris Young would have “more” unique names. Had RJ meant what you inferred, he would have used the words peculiar or atypical.

    You should consider what you’re saying before you make an ass out of yourself. I’d’ve said “arse”, but we aren’t talking about rounders here.

    [insert sardonic emoticon here]

    Comment by Chris K — November 18, 2010 @ 1:19 am

  19. I’m somewhat puzzled by this move for the A’s. It looks like Rajai Davis for nothing.

    Comment by Paul Thomas — November 18, 2010 @ 1:24 am

  20. 2 potentially quite good bullpen arms for a 4th outfielder seems like a pretty decent trade.

    Good to see that the Jays will still have a 2nd black guy if they part ways with Fred Lewis.

    Comment by hgjghgjjh — November 18, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  21. Davis posted a .164 AVG (32 GP/122 AB) in 2010 vs. NYA/TB/BOS/BAL. Good luck sticking in the lineup on a regular basis to amass all those SB.

    Comment by simply fred — November 18, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

  22. not sure raj has the contact skills or strikezone judgement to be an ichiro/gardner kind of hitter. If he did he’d be a very valuable player. As it stands, he’s a great pinch runner and a passable 4th OF.

    Comment by brendan — November 18, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  23. really, getting 2 fringe-y relief prospects now qualifies as “genius”?

    it’s a fine deal for both sides. Jays beef us their bench, A’s get a pair of fungible arms. there is nothing about this trade that should generate the word “genius”.

    Comment by Steve — November 18, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  24. For being an Anal Wordster, you really should look up the definition of malapropism.

    Comment by Matt — November 18, 2010 @ 2:06 pm

  25. Under what bizarre interpretation of the phrase “potentially quite good” could these people fit within it? There must be literally hundreds of better relief pitchers in the minors.

    Comment by Paul Thomas — November 18, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

  26. I don’t know why To Kill a Mockingbird is going on in here but I love it

    Comment by Matt Defalco — November 18, 2010 @ 5:18 pm

  27. wasn’t davis pretty likely to be non-tendered anyway (2nd year arb, with all those SB, right?) I’m not surprised he didn’t fetch much.

    Comment by brendan — November 18, 2010 @ 8:07 pm

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