Last night, after the news about the Wednesday return of Jose Reyes broke, I left the post with a “MORE FORTHCOMING!” tag and began writing about some of the possibilities to get sent down when the club makes its reciprocal move. By the time I was done, though, it was far too late to bother updating the post and hoping that anyone would take a second look. So we’ll do it all now in it’s own post, because… y’know… content.
Take it away, me!
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The recall of Reyes will spell the end for one current member of the 25-man roster who’ll either find himself bused down to the minors, or released outright from the club. Of course, as Shi Davidi notes, it’s not just a 25-man spot that will need to be cleared:
Aside from making room on 25-man roster for Jose Reyes, #BlueJays also must clear spot on 40 since they placed SS on the 60-day DL
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) June 25, 2013
Don’t be so fast to think that changes anything, though, especially for someone like Munenori Kawasaki– who is one of the few demotion candidates with options remaining.
Currently the Jays have minor leaguers Thad Weber, Mickey Storey, Michael Schwimer and Todd Redmond on the 40-man, none of whom would be terribly troubling losses– and most of whom, frankly, aren’t likely to last through the summer on the team anyway, with Kyle Drabek, J.A. Happ, Drew Hutchison, Luis Perez and Sergio Santos all eventually (presumably) needing to reclaim their 40-man spots. (They could also move Ramon Ortiz– or even Brandon Morrow, if they felt it was safe to assume he’s more than 30-odd days from returning– to the 60-day DL).
I suppose it could be tempting for the club to attempt to clear this all up in one move, removing Juan Perez from the 40-man and hoping he manages to get through waivers. Thing is, there are two ways to look at the potential D’ing FA of Perez, which… is actually what you could say about any of the potential candidates for demotion. There are several possibilities, and none– despite the arguments you’ll get from pretty much everyone– that particularly stands out as the most palatable. At least in my opinion. Or, at least, it didn’t when I started writing all this.
Let’s have a look at the demotion candidates, starting with Perez…