Blue Jays fans: Ya’ll need to lighten up. Here’s Jays From the Couch with some ridiculous trade proposals from the Sports World’s Trash Bin: Twitter!
Today on MLB Network’s surprisingly excellent corporate twitter account, fans were encouraged to tweet them with trade ideas, which is both absurd and terribly fun at the same time. What ensued was a surprising amount of “Mike Trout for (assemblage of garbage)” and a whole lot of Blue Jays-related trade proposals. Here’s why they were (mostly) terrible:
@MLBNetwork Marco Estrada and Francisco Liriano (and cash?) for Clint Frazier
— Jordan Urban (@Urbs7) April 17, 2017
The real winner in this trade is Clint Frazier, who gets to bring his glorious ginger locks to flow in the Toronto breeze. Okay, maybe not wind-blown locks here, as we have a dome.
First, this is inter-divisional, so…no. Second, Yankees are taking on a huge amount of money, injury history and age for a potential star OF in Clint Frazier. Not to mention the fly-ball tendencies of the pitchers involved and the Little League park they would be moving to for 50% of games after this trade.
It’s wild that as soon as there’s media speculation on a player’s personality, they’re instantly on the trading block. The Yankees aren’t dumb, but believe me: it gets so much worse.
— Jason (@jasontjays) April 17, 2017
If you ever wanted to induce a homicidal rage on behalf of the Blue Jays fan base, this might be the way to do. Not to jump on the Dan Duquette style of player recruitment, but I’m willing to bet most Blue Jays supporters are not big Eric Hosmer fans.
He’s also one of the more overrated players in the entire sport, if not North American sports altogether. And despite his 2013 Gold Glove, he’s a -136.5 UZR/150 over his career.
And then there’s Rowdy, beloved by Jays fans who barely know anything about the 1B prospect who’s yet to really struggle at any stop in the majors. The worst part is I’ve seen this trade proposal before, and I’d be shocked if this is the last time we see it.
@MLBNetwork Toronto trades: Anthony Alford, Sean-Reid Foley, Justin Maese
Milwaukee Trades: Ryan Braun, cash (36mm; ~1/2 of remaining)#TheRundown
— Sashank Bhat (@SashankBhat) April 17, 2017
Might as well just sign over the Lugnuts and Fisher Cats to the Brewers while stowing away Richard Urena. Braun is just fine, but he can be landed for much less. Seeing as the Jays will need to play like a 105-win team just to sniff the playoffs this season, adding an aging Ryan Braun and his huge contract while selling off three of the team’s top prospects is just in impossible scenario.
— E (@EricDionn) April 17, 2017
This might be the most realistic of trades for the Blue Jays and Metropolitans to make, but also…why? The Jays have plenty of low-OBP outfielders and Michael Conforto probably isn’t a difference maker in this division. Sean Reid-Foley could be an okay enough starting pitcher or good reliever in the MLB and Max Pentacost is a wild card.
Seriously, that one was about as realistic as these get.
— Braces On College (@bracesoncollege) April 17, 2017
The Cubs traded Josh Donaldson to the Athletics for Rich Harden back in 2008 as a failing catching prospect. From then on he’s mashed baseballs into oblivion at every level, developing into an MVP third baseman. You might think the Cubs front office might want to pursue him in a sort of do-over move, but they’re all gone, and there’s no way Theo Epstein makes this trade with an already overstocked infield in Chicago. And while Ian Happ is blocked, Cubs’ SP prospect Dylan Cease is one of their most untouchable prospects in a system that lacks starting pitching depth.
@MLBNetwork (DET) Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesis and Tyler Alexander for (TOR) Troy Tulowitski and Bo Bichette.
— Daniel Rose (@DadOfSixMinions) April 17, 2017
- Blue Jays have a pretty good 3B already.
- Jose Iglesias has absolutely no place on a team with Chris Coghlan, Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney.
- I don’t know who Tyler Alexander is.
- You spelled Troy Tulowitzki wrong.
- Nah bro
@MLBNetwork Josh Donaldson for Nick Castellanos & Matt Boyd
— Baseball News (@news_mlbaseball) April 17, 2017
And another Nicholas Castellanos offer. If the Tigers chase any member of the Blue Jays this season, it’ll likely be one of Joe Smith, J.P. Howell or Roberto Osuna. Their lineup is excellent, their starting pitching is solid but lacking in depth, but their bullpen is one of the worst in baseball and has been for over a decade. Also, the Blue Jays already had Matt Boyd, and terrible things happened.
@MLBNetwork Josh Donaldson for Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier.
Happ/Estrada/Tulo for Glasnow/Meadows
Martin/Liriano for Bellinger
— Kurtis Billard (@KCBillard) April 17, 2017
Here we go, full “burn the whole thing down” rebuild. Scorched earth, cattle skulls along Route 66. The Great Rebuildening. In one (three) fell swoops, Blue Jays GM Kurtis something flips SIX players off the MLB roster for FIVE of the top close-to-ready prospects in the game. Move over Ross Atkins, your GM prowess has nothing on this guy. Seriously, it’s just that easy!
Let’s break it down anyway, though.
Josh Donaldson for Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier. This trade would be death for both teams involved who play roughly 110 games against each other every year. Even if Donaldson gives you another MVP season in his remaining contract, the potential of Frazier plus Torres over what could be 15 combined seasons is unfathomable. Or they could be duds. But probably not.
J.A. Happ, Marco Estrada and Troy Tulowitzki for Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. Okay, fine. This fits needs for both teams, but ages the Pirates into the previous decade with three 34+ year old, likely declining players and gives the Jays two more prospects with high bust potential while destroying their already thin starting pitching depth. Do you want 20 starts from Brett Oberholtzer? Because this is how you get 20+ starts from Brett Oberholtzer.
@MLBNetwork Trevor Bauer for a trash can
— deetbop (@deetbop) April 17, 2017
Okay, maybe they weren’t all terrible.
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