No matter how bad the Blue Jays are in 2018, there is absolutely no reason to rush Vladimir Guerrero or Bo Bichette to Toronto
I know I’m going get roasted by some less than intelligent baseball fans over this post but I’m okay.
The entire offseason I had a hard time keeping my mouth shut about how the Blue Jays should handle and have handled their two up-and-coming superstars, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. I listened to many sport media personalities in Toronto pumping up the tires of Vladdy and Bo, going so far as to suggest they are ready for prime time now. I’ve read countless blogs and their corresponding comment sections, hypothesizing how best to handle these two young men.
Now we sit three games into the 2018 season and I’ve already been subjected to my first ‘Bring Vladdy and Bo to Toronto’ garbage comment from a typical Blue Jays fan.
You know the type. Shapiro and Atkins don’t know what they are doing. Rogers doesn’t want to win because Rogers doesn’t spend, they just want to fill seats (Blue Jays have the 8th highest payroll in baseball).
I agree that Guerrero and Bichette were impressive, earning every bit of the heaping praise being shoveled their way, during their 4 games this spring. Vlad hit .538, while Bo finished with a healthy batting average of .300.
Troy Tulowitzki could be out until at least the All-Star break, Josh Donaldson is having some dead arm issues, and Aledmys Diaz is off to a slow start, I can understand why fans of the Blue Jays might be frustrated. But the Blue Jays front office is not about to turn to the 20-yr-old Bichette or 19-yr-old Guerrero after just three games.
Diaz and Ngoepe have minor league options and Gurriel and Urena are on the 40-man roster, while Bichette would need to be added to the 40-man roster.
The Buffalo Bisons will also be home to 30-yr-old Danny Espinosa. The former Washington National has close to 600 MLB games at 2B and over 200 MLB games at SS; however, Espinosa would require a spot on the 40-man roster.
It would be far more serious if Donaldson’s arm issue lingers.
Solarte will get the bulk of the playing at 3rd. With Donaldson expected gone at season’s end, Blue Jays fans are likely getting a sneak peek at 2019’s Opening Day 3rd baseman.
However, if Solarte falters the minor options at 3rd are less than at SS. Jason Leblebijian spent 2017 with the Bisons, posting very good 1st half numbers but struggled in the 2nd half.
Tim Lopes is an option but has not played above Double-A.
The Blue Jays would need to clear a roster spot if Leblebijian and Lopes services were required.
It is very likely that Gurriel or Urena would be asked to play out of position before adding Leblebijian or Lopes to the 40-man roster.
Jays have Options
As you can see, Toronto has options which don’t include rushing Bo or Vladdy to the majors.
It is unlikely this Front Office will allow Vladdy or Bo to earn Super 2 status, so it’s ludicrous either will see their clocks started in 2018. Therefore, win or loss in 2017, can we agree not to spew idiotic comments calling for Vladdy and Bo’s promotion to Toronto. Just come to grips neither will be making their MLB debut in 2018. It is more likely their debut won’t occur until June 2019.
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