The Toronto Blue Jays released DH Frank Thomas ahead of his vesting his 2009 option for $10MM. The signing turns out to have been as short-sighted as any fantasy players could have told the Jays last Spring when Thomas was brought aboard to block top prospect Adam Lind. As a matter of fact, the Jays went ahead and double blocked Lind by signing LF Shannon Stewart.
As a result of this organizational behavior, I have a hard time getting excited about Adam Lind. I am not a fan of the Blue Jays front office actions, but even I can read the writing on the wall. People paid to know do not believe Lind is legit.
In the Baseball Notebook Newsletter (sign-up here), there was a question about Johnny Cueto and his 2008 projection prior to yesterday's start, there was this info:
Seems Baseball Notebook always has some saltpetre for the priapusic fantasy owner.
Does anyone think Joba Chamberlain can stay in the bullpen if Ian Kennedy continues to emulate Mike Mussina circa 2008? Throw-in Phil Hughes' less-than-impressive season so far, and one can't help but believe Joba will have to be a starting pitcher despite his middle relief dominance - one earned run over 30+ innings in his brief career.