Jays From the Couch brings you the latest news & links about the Toronto Blue Jays. This edition: Aaron Sanchez, Jose Bautista & more!
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*Ben Nicholson-Smith tells us that the decision of Aaron Sanchez to switch to “Super Agent”, Scott Boras likely does have more of an impact than we might think. That might sound odd on the surface. Sanchez won’t be testing the big time until 2021 and is making the league minimum now. But, he’ll be in the prime of his career when he does hit free agency and the linkage to Boras likely increased his price tag. The only saving grace is that the Blue Jays really won’t have to worry about money with Sanchez for a while.
Sure, he’ll head to arbitration a couple times, but they won’t have to hammer out the lengthy super contact that Boras will be chasing. That is, of course, if Sanchez follows some other Boras clients and extends his stay in Toronto before he even tests the open market, something Boras is often reluctant to do.
*At Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal says that Jose Bautista is not a good fit for the Phillies. They have the playing time in right and some money to spend, so they might seem like the place for him. But, Good Old Kenny points out that even the Phillies are reluctant to give up their draft pick, and it is currently a second rounder to them. But, more than that is the fact that Jose likely would not want to play in Philaelphia. He wants to win. Philly isn’t going to. Even if they offer him a couple of years, he’d likely consider that a last resort. And, to some, that just might be music to their ears. If we can keep eliminating other teams from the list, he just might return to Toronto, right?
Well, maybe not all of us feel that way. One reader wrote in to The Star and replied to an article by Richard Griffin and expressed his willingness to move on from Bautista with this little beauty: “The Jays need hitters who can and are willing to hit to the opposite field to drive in runs and forget about the fences when the situation dictates.” It should be noted that this reader referenced the Kansas City Royals when talking about how to win.
*At FanRag Sports, Jonathan Bernhardt compares the Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles to decide who is the second best team in the AL East. For a second, we can set aside the fact that the Red Sox will still have to play out the 2017 season and prove they’re better. When comparing the two squads, Bernhardt concludes that Toronto beats out the O’s thanks to its rotation. This is where it gets interesting, though. See, the writer uses terms like “journeymen” and “regression liabilities” when talking about the likes of Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ. Perhaps there is a some underestimation going on there, no?
Still, the Blue Jays’ rotation, with Marcus Stroman and Sanchez certainly going a long way to making a group that includes Yovani Gallardo and Ubaldo Jimenez look inferior. Which, d’uh. But, we do need to acknowledge that the O’s bullpen was better last year and Toronto’s lost Brett Cecil and Joaquin Benoit without adding anyone of note.
*To wrap up the Blue Jays portion of our Morning News, Steve Buffery (The Sun) updates on Anthony Alford and his family. The Alfords lost their home in a fire on Dec 28. They set up a GoFundMe page and Blue Jays fans, players and coaches alike flocked to donate what they could. Alford has suffered a rough year, dealing with injuries and admits that 2016 was mentally tough on him and this was a terrible way to end the year.
Luckily no one was hurt in the fire. But, they lost everything, so if you can, head on over and donate!
Around the League
*At Chin Music Baseball, Matt Musico is not surprised that J.D. Martinez is still a member of the Detroit Tigers. Despite him putting up very attractive offensive numbers, Martinez has seen his defense decline and the Tigers made him available at the wrong time. Right now, there seems to be a bevy of outfield help available that won’t cost what Detroit is likely seeking.
*Trey Rose of Dynasty Digest recently ran down a candidate set to break out in 2017 for each position. First off, one notes that Devon Travis is the guy he chose to break out at second base. Which, is just fine around these parts. A full season from Travis would be huge for Toronto. Of the names on the list, Josh Bell of the Pirates is one that intrigues. The 24 yr old firstbaseman saw 45 games at the big league level last year, but hit just 3 HR. He’ll need to improve the power numbers to live up to the excitement.
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