In addition to the acquisition of Maicer– not Macier– Izturis this morning, the Jays have made themselves a small trade with the Kansas City Royals, picking up hard-throwing right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress in exchange for cash, according to a tweet from Jeffress’ agent, Josh Kusnick.
Jeffress is a guy who really blows smoke, and knows how to bring the high heater, averaging above 95 on his fastball in limited MLB action over the last three years. But he’s a chronic minor leaguer, heading into his eighth season as a pro, with fewer than 40 innings in the Majors to show for it.
Motivation problems? If true, that’d certainly be a harsh buzz, but I can see how the Jays might have puff on what the Royals were passing, given the big arm and their habitual stashing of relievers. But I’m starting to get a bit concerned about this pattern, frankly. What if all the relievers are just a gateway toward even worse things???
Come to think of it, there was that time I was sure I smelled backup catcher coming from AA’s room. I hate to think of the day that I walk in on him, credit card in hand, cutting up and railing lines of gritty veteran infielders– or worse still, keeled over with a needle half-full of platoon outfielders sticking out his arm.
(Oh yeah, Jeffress has been caught three times by MLB’s drug testing program with marijuana in his system, serving a 100 game suspension in 2009 while with the Brewers, prior to moving on to Kansas City in the Zack Greinke deal. Shi Davidi tweets that Scott Maine has been D’d FA by the Jays to make room for Jeffress and Izturis on the 40-man roster, and Jeffress’ agent tweets that, because he’s now on the 40-man, he is not eligible to be suspended if he’s caught again for a “drug of abuse.” Because apparently that’s how MLB rolls.)
Here’s a rather succinct scouting report, via Matt Klaassen:
@goldandorsmithStoner who throws hard and doesn’t know where it’s going.
— MJK (@devil_fingers) November 8, 2012
Photoshoppery by @thescottlewis.