STRADER: Does anybody get the feeling the Blue Jays aren’t happy with either left fielder?
One, because AA doesn’t make anything public, and his desire for an impact bat just became public. Two, because it’s not JP Arencibia that’s going to lose his job, I don’t care how many people want to focus on the low batting average.
How would the Baltimore Orioles feel if they’d given up on Matt Wieters?
Pretty dumb, I would imagine.
There’s way more to being a catcher than hitting and I don’t think the organization is as frustrated with Arencibia as some of the fans are.
(That damn debut is going to haunt this kid until he hits….)
No, there is a position on the field that doesn’t seem to be filled by that reliable, crushing, middle of the order bat, just yet.
So, with Anthopolous reportedly telling MLB network radio’s Jim Bowden that a middle of the order bat is his true desire, to “wear down” other teams, it appears that a trial run with a kid for a couple seasons is not what Anthopolous wants. And look around the diamond.
Do you move Rasmus? Nope. He’s looking confident and skilled again, and there’s a speedster in the wings.
Is it Escobar? Nope. Once again, not the power development that has been hyped, but there’s talent waiting on the depth chart there too in a young Cuban who’s looking all world.
No, left field, which I believe in two to three years will be occupied by Jake Marisnick could use a dominant, power-hitting, veteran.
So for fun, ‘cause speculation with the Blue Jays brass is always wrong, let’s take a look at Major League outfields and see if we can find a power-hitting veteran, that would come cheap, is on a team that wants to move him, and also a squad looking to add to their young talent.
Melky….I don’t know….Delmon….would Detroit trade anything right now?….Logan Morrison….is he proven enough?….Brennan Boesch…certainly a lot of talk about his ceiling….Jason Bay…I could only dream he becomes reliable again and lands in Canada….
Nope, I think I found the perfect hole filler. His team will absorb a lot of his contract. He would hit the snot out of the ball in Rogers Centre. And in a couple years, he would happily be replaced by a young outfielder, because he’s in his mid-30s.
Yep, I never thought I would say it, but I want to see Alfonso Soriano in a Blue Jay uniform.
Because of his critics, price tag, and lack of a market, I believe he would only require a couple mid-level prospects to get him.
His OPS is always above .700, this guy can simply hit the ball.
And without having to be the go-to guy in a lineup, he would be an unreal complement bat.
As I’ve said before, I’m patient. I’d rather see Travis Snider for a full season, leave him alone, let him play.
But if we’re going to see 24 and 25 year olds platooned with Rajai, replaced for defensive reasons, not playing against left-handed pitchers, then bring the vet, and wait for Marisnick and Gose.
Maybe Thames and a mid-level pitching prospect would get us Soriano?
And how wicked would he look sandwiched in there with Edwin, Brett, Adam and that dude in right field?
I’m thinking pretty good.
Of course, it looks like my Jenkins prediction was a little out of left field too….