Munenori Kawasaki will return to the Jays organization, the team announced in a media release today. He’s signed a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, and damn well may be the best second baseman in the organization (save for their third baseman, of course).
It’s hard not to like Kawasaki as a depth piece. He came in last year and did exactly what you want from a guy you’ve stashed in the minors in case your shortstop gets hurt. He took a lot of good at-bats, which was something it felt like not a lot of his teammates did last season, and he had the added dimension of being a wacky-fun mascot for the club. He was a refreshing bundle of energy in midst of a grim and depressing season.
So… sure, seems a reasonable move given their lack of middle infield depth. An actual MLB-calibre starter would be nice, but this doesn’t prevent that in the slightest.
I’d continue, but not only do I have to run, I’d risk getting awful cynical about all the warm fuzzy feelings this gives people. So… yeah, that’s all I’ve got.