Jays From The Couch Brings You Some Quick Blue Jays Hits To Start Your Day. This Time: Happ, Pillar and a trip to see the Bisons
Quick Hit #1:
Apparently, the Blue Jays are aiming high on the Happ trade market. Despite his clunker yesterday, Happ remains likely the most attractive rental piece on the market leading up to the July 31st deadline. Sure, a team could pursue other, more long term investment, arms like Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom, but he Mets are asking for the moon for either of those two. Happ very well could be THE target this summer.
If that is true, then you have to applaud GM, Ross Atkins for taking a strong stance on this. Sure, there is likely some blustering going on, as there should be, but he holds the leverage in any trade talks. Happ went into Sunday’s game with a 10-3 record, a 3.62 ERA and 2.0 fWAR. He valuable. It will be interesting to see what the return for a rental would be, even if it is Happ.
In the past, we have seen Atkins pull off some pretty smart deals like turning Francisco Liriano into Teoscar Hernandez. Perhaps, there is a very close to MLB ready piece out there that is blocked by a team’s depth, or something like that. If it were the other way around, a shortstop/middle infielder would be an example the Blue Jays have several of to offer another team for a rental. Maybe, Happ could be turned into something that won’t take years to prove useful. Hey, maybe Toronto could turn around and sign him November to boot!
Quick Hit #2: Pillar
So, Superman struck again. In the 9th inning of a game that was out of hand well before the 9th inning, Kevin Pillar tracked down a deep fly ball by Castellanos. The grab was reminiscent of his home run robbing catch way back when. It was definitely up there with one of his better catches.
Now, I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I don’t think it was the best catch we’ve seen this year from a Blue Jays outfielder. Actually, Randal Grichuk holds that honour. The latest series in Houston saw Grichuk rob George Springer of a game tying blast in the bottom of the 9th. That was a much better grab. But, you be the judge:
Regardless of which catch you think was better, there is a quick take away to be had, here. To put it simply, Pillar should be on the block. He’s put up 1 fWAR this season on 87 wRC+. Here’s the thing: his defense is more legend than reality at this point. This might be something that some people will find hard to hear, but since 2015, his glove has been declining. Once a 22 DRS outfielder, Pillar has put up just 2 this season. If Toronto waits to trade him, with Grichuk and others ready to slide into a spot in their outfield, they will only see lower and lower returns until he eventually walks in free agency.
Quick Hit #3: AAA Buffalo
Speaking of young players waiting to crack big league jobs, our New York correspondent, Roy Widrig, was celebrating Canada Day with the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday. He was in the house as Sean Reid-Foley went 6 innings, giving up 2 hits, one walk, striking out 5 without giving up a run. Roy will tell you his own adventure, but he brought us back this lovely gallery of photos, which you should check out.
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