The Jays’ official Twitter makes it… er… official:
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet adds that, in order to clear a spot for Gose on the 40-man, Brandon Morrow has been moved to the 60-day DL (which, as you may know, can be done retroactively, and doesn’t at all mean that he’s still 60 days away from returning).
Davidi also adds that “there’s no immediate word on the severity of Bautista’s injury, but ‘inflammation’ is better than strain or tear.”
He’s right, of course, but that sure was a rather instant and violent-looking bout of inflammation.
of course, the simple diagnosis– while maybe the most dispiriting– is far from the m0st interesting thing about the situation. For one, a whole lot of Jays fans seem to be using this moment to declare the season over, as they so often and so fucking charmingly like to fall over themselves to be the first to do. Because it’s impossible for them to hang on for a couple of weeks without Bautista, acquire a pitcher before the deadine, and still find themselves hanging around by the end? Because, despite the small number of games back, with a whole bunch of more talented teams sitting between them and the last wild card spot, they were even in it anyway?
It’s another shitty thing to have happened to this team, yes, but let’s maybe see what happens before we start making declarations like an assface though, huh?
Most interesting about it is the selection of Gose to take Bautista’s place. To borrow from a point Parkes made when taping today’s Getting Blanked, this is a team that seems to understand how badly they rushed Travis Snider, and yet here they are bringing up Gose at age 21, hardly close to the hitting prospect we thought Snider was at the time. Not only that, Gose has a .187/.291/.227/.517 line against lefties, IN THE DAMN PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE.
This has led to far too many people suggesting that Travis Snider is now finished with the organization, or that Gose is being showcased for a trade. As I attempted to point out last night, neither suggestion really makes sense. Snider hasn’t been great lately in the minors, and the last thing they want to do is put him in a position to fail again in the bigs. And what the hell does it prove to expose Gose to MLB pitching for a few weeks? His bat is the thing every scout would be looking at; if he gets hot, it’s easy to put it down to sample size, and if he looks lost, that’s not helping anybody. It’s a lose-lose proposition, as far as I see it.
No, what this does suggest, though nothing is official yet, is that we’re going to see a lot of Ben Francisco against lefties– and I’d suspect as much tonight, with CC Sabathia taking the hill in pinstripes– and that the Jays are comfortable either blowing an option year on Gose, for some reason, or keeping him here the rest of the way.
Maybe the club really wants to convince someone else that they believe in him, but the conspiracy-level stuff really seems to over-think it and hasn’t offered anything compelling that I can see. It’s fair to believe that this is an actual baseball move, that defensively and against right-handers they feel Gose is their best bet, and perhaps that as a speed-first player they want to take advantage of that tool while he’s young. Or perhaps as a player with Jake Marisnick behind him in Double-A, they’re not overly concerned about preserving the opportunity to option him to the minors in 2015.
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus wrote recently about Gose in his roundup of the Futures Game, saying that his power is the “sleeping giant” in his skill set, but that “development of hit tool and approach refinement is difference between 4 /5 outfielder and All-Star.”
Word is that he’s still closer to the former right now, so… yeah, why he’s on his way here already is kind of a head scratcher, but at the same time… do you really want to see more Eric Thames? Not that, y’know, his arm would play in right anyway.
In fact, looking at the Vegas roster, clearly the decision was pretty much down to Snider (who’d be getting setup to fail, given his current inconsistency, and who the club seems loathe to keep yo-yoing around), Gose and Moises Sierra– who was on the 40-man already and not having a bad season in his own right, statistically.
Shit, maybe Sierra’s being shielded from the Majors for the sake of trade talks! Huh? Huh? Huh?
Most likely, though, it’s that they’re simply riding the hot hand, as Sierra has a .639 OPS in his last ten games and Gose has been much better. Easy enough? Is that not OK?
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