Jays From the Couch brings you the latest news and links about the Toronto Blue Jays. This edition looks at Spring Training competition, dirt and more!
Well, the weekend brought some interesting Blue Jays conversation pieces. From who will now leadoff to contract extension talks to who will man left field, it hasn’t been the quiet times we’re used to. Oh, and there was a big trade, too.
Michael Saunders feels ready to compete for the everyday LF job this coming season. You’ll recall that he injured his knee on a sprinkler head in Spring Training last season and didn’t quite heal well enough, so he had over half his meniscus removed. It was a risky career move, but the Canadian tells Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca that he’s coming into camp with a tough mindset.
He’s been working out in Denver and feels that his workout routine has been successful. And, the trade of Ben Revere didn’t change his approach at all. He says: “Going in to spring training you always have to feel like you’re competing for a job and whether or not a trade went down, I was going to go into spring training competing for the starting job in left field.” Depending on his health, he might have the inside track based on his previous MLB experience when compared to Dalton Pompey, Ezequiel Carrera and Junior Lake.
New Blue Jays reliever, Drew Storen actually has a bit of a Canadian link. He was a Montreal Expos batboy way back when. The National Post’s John Lott brings us the story of how Storen’s dad was an employee with the Indianapolis Indians, the Expos farm team. That team had Ron McLain, who would end up being the Expos head trainer. He managed to pull some strings and get Drew the gig when the Expos were playing near his home in Indianapolis.
Storen remembers his experience fondly, including a conversation with Expos reliever Chad Cordero, who fanned his interest in becoming a closer. This is an interesting bit of history, especially when you consider the to do that is being made about Storen embracing Canada by updating his Twitter profile to indicate he was now a fan of Drake.
After the trade went down, Josh Sadlock of Baseball Essential tweeted that he had written (weeks before) that the Blue Jays should pursue slugger, Chris Davis. He believes that with Revere gone, Davis would be the left handed bat that the Blue Jays desperately need. And, this might be true. But, as has been noted all winter (thus far), we should not get too excited about the possibility of seeing Davis in blue. Sure, there is a fit. But, the logistics of it all make it unlikely. Firstly, he is after a contract that the Blue Jays don’t seem likely to entertain, especially when you factor in the decision to re-sign Jose Bautista and/or Edwin Encarnacion. As well, there is the minor problem of the current 1B options of Chris Colabello and Justin Smoak. Davis has played the outfield before, but do we really think that the club moved Revere to make room for Davis?
Writing for MLBlogs, Andrew Hendriks brings us a conversation with the Blue Jays head groundskeeper, Tom Farrell who describes the procedure required to install a dirt infield in Rogers Centre. The work entails digging down a foot to create enough space for moisture so that the dirt does not dry out too quickly. By comparison, the cutouts around the bases were just 4″ deep. The work should take just 4 weeks and will be completed around the time Spring Training begins.
Be sure to follow along with our inaugural Blue Jays Top Prospects List in our Minor Leagues section. Thus far, we’ve been profiling the Honorable Mentions; those who didn’t make the Top 15.
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