Blue Jays shopping Colby Rasmus

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Bob Elliott cuts to the chase in the Toronto Sun:

Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching.

Toronto probably wants a good, cost-controlled starter in return for the 27-year-old Rasmus, who had an .840 OPS, 22 homers and 66 RBI in 118 games this summer. He’s a strong defensive center fielder and only expected to get around $6.5 million in salary arbitration for 2014.

Rasmus will be a free agent after the 2014 season and the Jays obviously aren’t sure they can sign him to a long-term extension. So they may as well make an upgrade at an area of great need — the rotation.

The Blue Jays ranked ninth in the majors in runs scored in 2013. They ranked 25th in runs allowed.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.

Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.

I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.

I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:

Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.