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Blue Jays Morning News: Roberto Osuna, Gibby & More!

Jays From the Couch brings you the latest news and links about the Toronto Blue Jays. This edition looks at Roberto Osuna and even more contract talk.

 

The bats broke out against the Tigers, didn’t they? It was nice to see the Blue Jays put up the runs. And, while it is Spring Training, it is worth noting the following:

The club is averaging more runs than they did last season, which is pretty impressive…if you set aside all that goes along with it being just Spring Training. There are other things of note going on in Blue Jays Land. Here are some of the latest rumblings:

*Bob Elliott shares (at The Toronto Sun) that Edwin Encarnacion and his agent have not asked for 4 years in their negotiations with the Blue Jays. Paul Kinzler says: “We have never put a number on the terms of the length of the contract. We have never discussed a dollar amount.” Ones first reaction to hearing this might be, ‘Well, what have you discussed? What else is there?’.  It seems odd that a player agent would come out and say (even if it is against his better judgement, as he says) that his side has not discussed the parameters of a potential deal that has been supposedly been negotiated for some time now. Maybe their side hasn’t received a warm enough welcome, which led to Edwin saying the club doesn’t want him.

*If you needed further proof of Roberto Osuna‘s maturity beyond his years, you need to check out what he has to say about his offseason and being Mexican in the United States. Steve Buffery, also via the Toronto Sun brings us the story of a young man with some very interesting opinions. Apparently, he was only 3 blocks away from where El Chapo was arrested this winter and has some very fond views of the drug lord. Osuna talks about the criminal using his proceeds to help sick and hungry neighborhood families. He then goes on to discuss Donald Trump’s views on Mexicans. He does so at the same time as expressing the reality for a lot of his country-folk living in the US:

It’s silly to think he’s going to put up that wall. And we don’t care. If you get the Visa, you will cross to United States and you will do whatever you want to. We as Mexicans work so hard, and we don’t come here to do (anything illegal). We are so scared about the police and all this stuff. I’ve been in the United States for the last few years and I’m still feeling a little bit afraid to do something, you know what I mean? Like, I’m driving and I don’t want to go over the speed limit because I don’t know if I’m going to get in trouble. So obviously we don’t come to the United States to do what he says (cause trouble).

*Over at the National Post, we hear that Mark Shapiro has glowing things to say about John Gibbons. We read this on the heals of the rather anti-climactic news that Gibby’s contract has been altered. Whether these comments make you feel better or not about the Gibby situation will depend upon which side of the fence you’re on when it comes from management giving their endorsement of employees. Some believe it is the ‘kiss of death’.

*Over at Clutchlings, Doug Fox gives a great rundown of the situation the Blue Jays face in their current partnership with the city of Dunedin. Doug firstly goes about thoroughly explaining the necessity of improvements and their inherent complications. He provides visuals for those who may never have been to Dunedin and cannot quite picture what all the complaining is about. Florida Auto Exchange Stadium is smack dab in the middle of an area that leaves no room for expansion with an elementary school and a public library in close proximity. Doug then goes on to break down the funding issue facing the city and the Blue Jays. While it looks like Mark Shapiro is dedicated to seeing this cooperation continue, there is definitely work to be done. There is one year left on their current deal.

 

 

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Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

Shaun Doyle

Shaun Doyle is a long time Blue Jays fan and writer! He decided to put those things together and create Jays From the Couch. Shaun is the host of Jays From the Couch Radio, which is highly ranked in iTunes, and he has appeared on TV and radio spots.

  • Chris Weaver

    I think that the important part of the article on Osuna is the fact that he does not want to start. He wants to be the closer next season. This should stifle any talk of him staring next year. He can be a dominant closer for years to come..

    • shaun doyle

      I suppose. But, that also supposes that what a player wants matters. If it did, Sanchez would be starting and not considered for bullpen.