Jays From the Couch brings you the latest news and links about the Toronto Blue Jays. This edition: Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Saunders & more!
After dropping 2 of 3 to the White Sox, the Blue Jays will head in to Colorado to take on the Rockies in what is sure to be a series full of story lines and hot takes about Troy Tulowitzki. Brace yourself. We’ll have your series preview ready to go for you, of course. Until then, let’s take a look at what’s going on around Blue Jays Land as well as MLB.
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*Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post wonders what it will be like when Troy Tulowitzki returns to Coors Field for the first time since he was blindsided by the trade that brought him to Toronto. Apparently, Saunders is quite connected to the Blue Jays’ short stop. He sent him a text asking him to talk when he returns to Denver, but Tulo responded thusly: “I don’t want to talk about it, honestly.” It would appear that the former Rockies star still holds some sort of resentment over how the deal went down. Saunders has a list of questions for Tulo that include touching on his decline, his enjoyment of Toronto and more. Perhaps, it is best if Tulo avoids Saunders. The answers to some of those questions may not be favorable.
*Brendan Kennedy of The Star tells us that the Blue Jays are being very conservative with their treatment of handling players with concussions. Dalton Pompey has been out dealing with his head injury since he crashed into the wall to make an out over a week ago. At the time, he finished the game and seemed fine. But, when it came time to play the second game of the day, he had to be removed. He’s been out since. With very strict protocal being set up by MLB, the club has several “check points”, if you will, for a player to return. For minor league players, third party doctors must sign off on a player before he can return. At this point, it is unclear just how much longer Pompey will be out, but at least we know he’s being handled properly.
*Over at Sportsnet, Jeff Simmons shares the opinions that Jonah Keri expressed on the Jeff Blair show recently. There are two sides to Keri’s thinking. Firstly, he is not buying the Jose Bautista 5 yr deal idea. Before this season, the defense was in decline and, as a 36 yr old, one cannot expect the bat speed to remain. All of this Keri uses to suggest that Jose will have to play on the emotions to get that kind of deal from Toronto. That might not be a fruitful venture with the organization with Mark Shapiro at its helm. The other side of the thinking presented is that Michael Saunders, as a 30 yr old, might just be able to secure a 4 yr deal; a “really big contract”. As Keri points out, Josh Reddick is the prize piece of this year’s free agent crop. After that, if Saunders can continue his solid season, he just might look like a very sexy product.
*Joel Sherman of the NY Post has suggested that the Blue Jays appear to have made up their minds about Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. He says that the club “has no intention” of signing. That, in and of itself, may come as a gut pinch since Sherman has been known to be correct about his ideas about the Blue Jays. But, when you add in that he suggests the Blue Jays could be the rare club that trades from its big league roster to improve themselves for the immediate season, things get a bit more scary (leaving aside the 10 and 5 issue that gives the player final say in any trade). Sherman suggests that the presence of Michael Saunders (at least the current 2016 version) and an already potent lineup could mean that Jose is superfluous and could net some valuable pieces at the Trade Deadline.
Around the League
*Do you have a player in your league who you rushed out to pick up because he was off to a hot start, only to have him provide you with nothing lately? Well, Matt Musico of Chin Music Baseball may have listed them in his post on Players Who’ve Made Fast Starts a Distant Memory. I have to admit that Mat Latos had me making a roster shuffle. I did not enjoy that decision for too long. Now, Latos has been released by the White Sox he was so bad in his last 6 starts. Colby Rasmus rounds out the disappointing list after a 7 HR, 19 RBI April. Now, giving him that qualifying offer doesn’t seem to be paying off like it once did.
*Remember all the hype about the Yankees and their revamped bullpen? Well, it hasn’t really paid off for them in the standings. But, that doesn’t mean that the pieces don’t hold value. They certainly do. Over at MLBTR, Mark Polishuk brings us the news that the Marlins, of all teams, could be looking to New York to provide some bullpen help. Polishuk is passing on the thoughts of Buster Olney, so some readers will take it for what they will. But, the idea of the Marlins looking to buy from the Yankees is too rich not to pass on.
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