Where have you gone Brian Dayett, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you

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Great post over at Mental Floss today, covering a topic near and dear to my heart: the 1984 Donruss “Rated Rookie” set, in both words and pictures.

For those who don’t recall (or who are too young to), Donruss designated a handful of rookies in each set “Rated Rookies,” implying some great promise.  The 1984 Rated Rookies were selected by Bill Madden of the Daily News.

As the Mental Floss post shows, however, Madden missed more than he hit.  Some he got right: Joe Carter, Ron Darling and Tony Fernandez to name a few.  Also included in Rated class, however, were the Yankees’ Brian Dayett, the Indians’ Mike Jeffcoat, the Braves Brad Komminsk and any number of other random fellows.  Not making the cut for some reason: Darrell Strawberry, Don Mattingly and Roger Clemens.

Hey, nobody’s perfect. Even if the 1984 Donruss set is pretty damn close to it.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.