Toronto Blue Jays Morning News: Jays From the Couch brings you the latest news & links about Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista & more!
Is it possible for doors to be more closed than closed? It would appear so for the Toronto Blue Jays. As days go by, we hear more and more that the time for Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista to sign on Canadian paper has expired. Instead, we will have to once again come to grips with saying “Goodbye” to superstars. That said, the world still spins and the Blue Jays keep moving forward. What follows is the latest in what’s being said about them.
STAY UP TO DATE ON EVERYTHING THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS DO THIS WINTER WITH OUR OFFSEASON TRACKER!
YOU CAN CATCH UP ON ALL OF OUR EPISODES OF THE JAYS NEST PODCAST HERE
SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES & GOOGLE PLAY
*Steve Pearce spoke on a conference call and Richard Griffin of The Star shares some of the comments the newest Blue Jay had to offer. Apparently, he is super excited to come to Toronto. He said all of the right things during the conversation. He appealed to the fans and their loud, distracting presence for opposing players. He is excited to play with that on his side, as opposed to against it as he did while playing with the Yankees, Rays and Orioles. His experience in the AL East is something that could serve him quite well.
Fans will probably like him due to his solid work ethic, assuming they can get over losing Edwin and stop associating Pearce’s signing with the departure. He’s known for working so hard in the batting cage that his hands bled. He says that he is coming in ready to play hard and be ready for whatever the team needs. While that may sound nice, we have to be realistic about things. The Blue Jays were interested in Pearce a while back, but he chose to go to the Orioles because they offered him more guaranteed playing time. Signing with the Blue Jays must have looked pretty good for the same reason. His versatility lined up with what they needed.
*Over at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson Smith and Shi Davidi combined forces to update us on a couple of things from the Winter Meetings. Firstly, they told us that the club has been looking at backup catching options and have narrowed their interest in on Bobby Wilson and Geovany Soto. Those are names that may have gone overlooked when we think about bringing in players to play behind Russell Martin. Obviously, it would be great to raise the floor of talent on the club and people like Dioner Navarro would be more appealing. But, after 4 years of Josh Tholes, maybe our sights should be aimed lower. Soto is coming off injury and is used to the backup role, so maybe he would be an interesting idea.
*There was some fuel added to what appeared to be the dying fire that is the connection between the Blue Jays and Jose Bautista. Again, Griffin brings us a piece on the two sides engaging in talks. Griffin points out that both Bautista and Encarnacion both thought the market would support their demands. In particular, Griffin mentions the number of years both thought they could get. The contracts being signed this year have not been for the 4-5 year range both players were seeking. That has brought Bautista back to the table, so to speak and had him talking to the Blue Jays. We can read into this and figure that he is willing to bend after his well publicized hard stance this past spring. IT would appear that he is more willing to negotiate than he once was.
*With bigger fish to fry, the Blue Jays have put contract talks on hold with manager, John Gibbons. That sits just fine with the laid back Texan as he enters what could be his final season with the club. He is not worried about entering a season in a “walk year”. A lot of people would be hoping for the security of knowing you won’t be fired should things go wrong part way through the season. But, if you’re Gibby, you have to look at your roster, see the activity the club is taking part in this winter and be pretty confident that the club will do fairly well this year.
*And, in case you hadn’t heard, this is too funny not to share:
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) December 7, 2016
Apparently, even if Bautista came to the O’s and offered to agree to their terms, they would not bring him aboard because the fan base does not like him. Wow. Firstly, it is very funny that the fan base holds such a grudge toward Bautista. Though, I hold a dislike for Many Machado and his bat throwing antics. I mean, Bautista tossed his bat in the air in elation. Machado tossed his bat and tried to hit a pitcher who came too close to hitting him with a pitch. But, whatever.
Perhaps, there is a take away to be had, here. Since the O’s place such importance on the feelings of fans, it is possible that this plays into the thought process of many front offices. If that is true, then maybe even just a small part of the thoughts of signing Bautista and Encarnacion are based on the emotions of Blue Jays fans. I mean, the emotional attachment to these two would certainly have to enter the minds of this team’s management, wouldn’t it? Sure, they’re analytical, etc etc. But, they also know that fans spend money. So, there has to be even just a little desire to appease them, no?
THANK YOU FOR VISITING JAYS FROM THE COUCH! CHECK US OUT ON TWITTER @JAYSFROMCOUCH AND INSTAGRAM. LIKE US FACEBOOK. BE SURE TO CATCH THE JAYS NEST PODCAST.
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.