Since I didn’t get to watch yesterday’s game, I thought I would comment on the moves the Jays have made of late and how they affect the team as a whole.
The End of Jo-Jo Reyes in Toronto
I believe that most Jays fans predicted long ago that Reyes was not going to last very long in the A.L. East, and we were right. He continued to get hit hard, to be inconsistent overall, and this despite adding a decent cutter to his repertoire. I’m not sure where he’ll land next, but there’s a chance that he’ll find a long-relief spot somewhere in MLB and make himself much more useful in that role than he was as a starter for the Jays. He will likely head to the National League if he can, and my favourite landing spots for him include Pittsburgh, New York (Mets), and Washington, all of which need depth from the left side in their pens.
The Jays now face a decision of “who’s going to replace him” in the rotation. The contenders are Jesse Litsch, Zach Stewart, and Brad Mills. Stewart has had 2 outstanding starts for his last 2 and may have the edge as a result, particularly when you consider that the Jays may want to know once and for all whether he will remain in the rotation. Brad Mills, meanwhile, has allowed 7 ER twice in his last 3 starts, so he doesn’t seem to have a real shot. Litsch, meanwhile, has had 1 great start, and 1 OK start for his last 2. The fact that Litsch was able to win 4 of 8 games in MLB before going down to injury may give him the edge right now, but either him or Stewart seem to have the best shots at the spot.
One more interesting thing about the Reyes assignment is that Kyle Drabek was never mentioned as a possibility in replacing him in the rotation. The Jays seem committed to seeing him become dominant once again, and that’s exactly how it should be.
Overall, the Jays have begun cleaning house, starting with Juan Rivera and Jayson Nix, and now with Jo-Jo Reyes and Scott Richmond. The 40-man roster is seeing lots of changes, and in my opinion it’s all for the betterment of the team as a whole. Regardless of who the Jays decide to take over in the rotation, they’ll have a much better shot at winning than they would have had with Reyes in the rotation, something I’ve been harping on all season long.
Scott Richmond Off the 40-Man
Is it possible that Scott Richmond was taken off the 40-man roster simply to open up a spot for the now healthy Brett Lawrie? That’s food for thought, as the Jays now have the room to add him, or decide to go with an arm to replace Jo-Jo Reyes, such as Henderson Alvarez. Either way, the decision to open up a spot on the 40-Man roster is an interesting one that deserves some attention.
Wil Ledezma’s Promotion Vice Luis Perez
Some people have wondered why Perez wasn’t called back up instead of Ledezma when Reyes was designated for assignment. The Jays had just optioned Perez back to the minors 4 days earlier, and they already knew that the pitcher called upon would be returning to AAA once their #5 starter was decided on, so it made sense to give Ledezma a look.
Here is a List of Other Jays Moves Throughout the Minors:
- RHP Kramer Champlin Assigned to the GCL
- OF Eli Boike Assigned to Bluefield from Lansing
- CF Markus Brisker was activated from the DL in Lansing
- RHP Nicholas Purdy Assigned to the GCL from Vancouver
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