Well, the rumour mill sure has shifted into full-on fire sale awesomeness today, thanks to the Miami Marlins. It’s like 1998 and 2004 all over again, except… y’know… minus the World Series win.
Or at least it could be, if the Marlins continue to sell off their best players. And according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, one name that hasn’t come up a lot may be of serious interest to the Toronto Blue Jays…
Will say this #Bluejays loved Reyes but wouldn’t do more 5 yrs Well, it’s 5-yr pact after ’12 & Tor currently trying to move Yunel Escobar
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 25, 2012
This Escobar thing sure has taken on a life of its own, hasn’t it? I have no idea if anybody is actually hearing multiple things about it, or if it’s just some sort of self-perpetuating myth, aided along by the fact that no one can get anything out of the Jays’ front office, so this little grain of potential truth has become magnified to the point of complete distortion.
It seems Yunel will, unfortunately, always be dogged with questions about the way he conducts himself– even if my perhaps-shoddy memory of a recent TV broadcast tells me that he’s out there working hard with Brian Butterfield every day, and that he’s been working hard with Dwayne Murphy, too, making changes to his stance to improve on what’s been a dismal campaign at the plate. You’d think those sorts of rumblings would be taken as good signs, but… I dunno… I guess once Chipper and Bobby decide you’ re bad people, it’s hard to claw that reputation back.
Or maybe there’s something to it. How the hell should I know?
What I do know is that he’s struggled to hit, and while his contract looks very team-friendly it’s certainly possible that the club thinks his value is sinking and wants to ship him off before it craters some more. Add in that you kinda get the sense that the Jays may feel Adeiny Hechavarria is more ready than a lot of others do, and maybe Escobar’s availability is really a thing.
If so, the Jays could do worse than Reyes– y’know, absent any sort of context involving money.
Reyes isn’t having an Escobar-terrible year, but he hasn’t quite been himself at the plate. If he were to finish the season at the 101 wRC+ and .324 wOBA he currently stands on, this would be his worst offensive season since 2005. So there may be a chance to get him for 80 cents on the dollar, but… he’s only a year younger than Escobar, their career wOBA marks are only 11 points apart, UZR and DRS both like Escobar a lot more over the last three years, aaaaaaand not including what’s left of this year’s salary, Reyes is still owed $96-million. Escobar, if he maxes out his deal, and all the club options are picked up, would be due $15-million post-2012.
I mean, yeah, apparently the Jays were interested in Reyes last winter, but… um… let’s be serious here, shall we?
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