Blue Jays Morning News: Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders & More!

JFtC brings you the latest Toronto Blue Jays news and links to start your week. This edition looks at Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders & more!

 

 

Let’s start the week off right. Hopefully, everyone had the opportunity to spend some time appreciating their loved ones on Father’s Day. Whether you’re a dad, are someone stepping up to be a dad, or are a strong woman who does double duty, we hope you enjoyed your day with the kiddos. Let’s take a look around Blue Jays Land and see what the latest rumblings are.

 

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*Speaking of Father’s Day, take a second and enjoy this interview with former Blue Jay, John McDonald, after he hit a HR on Father’s Day just after his dad died back in 2011.

 

*Over at Fox Sports, we hear that perhaps, Jose Bautista‘s free agent prospects aren’t looking so hot. Ken Rosenthal suggests that due to his recent injury, Joey Bats’ desired price tag very well could be dropping. Rosenthal says that the 35 yr old slugger’s value may not have been as high as he himself thinks even before the injury. This is an interesting idea, sort of. In June, it is hard to say that a player will be hurt financially when he hits free agency in November. But, the concern for Jose would be whether he can be healthy. Any time on the DL could hurt his case. Of course, asking for $30M per year could also hurt his case for landing the money he seeks. That said, this has to be filed under speculation since there is no indication just how warm the waters will be come the fall.

*Rosenthal does suggest that Michael Saunders could very well see his value going in the opposite direction. Putting together a solid season thus far, Saunders will also join the list of free agent outfielders this fall. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun says that what happens with Saunders will be interesting. Simmons doesn’t venture into just what could happen, of course. Rather, he just says that the Blue Jays have an interesting choice to make with the Canadian OF since, previously, they tried to trade him to Cincinnati for Jay Bruce. Now, Saunders leads the Blue Jays in average and OPS. Saunders could be one of those guys who gets snapped up right away in the fall. He might be quick to sign something that locks him up for a few years rather than wait around. But, that too is speculation.

*At the Buffalo News, we hear the case for Drew Hutchison being brought up to the big league club. On Saturday, Hutch pitched 6 shut out innings for the Bisons. This was the latest outing in a season that has seen him be pretty good for the AAA squad. He’s 4-3 so far with a 2.87 ERA. He’s still issuing 2 walks per game, but he is certainly drawing attention. And, with the club definitely moving Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen, Hutch just might be the first name tossed around when the time comes.

 

Around the League:

*Our friends at Pirates Breakdown bravely ask the question: When is it time to trade Andrew McCutchen. Looking into when to trade the face of any franchise is not an easy task to force oneself to do. But, Justin Kosanko does it. Justin offers 3 possible scenarios: re-sign the OF to a market value extension, let him walk when his current deal is done and pick up the likely draft pick as compensation, or trade him while his value is still high. The issue is that McCutchen is seeing his defensive value slip over the past few years, so perhaps, as Justin concludes, the time is now.

*Over at Baseball Reflections, Peter Schiller brings us a look at 9 questions regarding the Minnesota Twins. As has been the case for the past couple seasons, the Twins are not looking too good. At the time of writing, they are in the basement of the AL Central and 17 games back of the lead. Schiller asks about the offseason acquisitions, the biggest disappointment and whether the club is better off than they were last season. Considering they finished above .500 for the first time in a while last year, you can probably guess the answer to that one.

*The Baseball Historian sits down with Seattle Mariners pitching prospect, Zack Littell, who just might be making his way toward the big leagues after being drafted in the 11th round in 2013. Littell talks about being drafted, his repertoire and being drafted at 17 yrs old. We might want to remember this name.

 

 

 

 

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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.