June 2, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) celebrates with teammates after a win against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. The Blue Jays won 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Jose Bautista? Why The Blue Jays Slugger Won't Be Dealt

This afternoon my fellow Jays Journal contributor Michael Van Bommel posed a question that has seemingly been on the tips of a great number of Blue Jays fans’ tongues: Should the Jays trade Jose Bautista?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and nothing gets fans riled up quite like a good trade rumour….but here’s the thing, there is quite literally a  zero percent chance that the Toronto Blue Jays would trade Jose Bautista right now.

To properly assess the ridiculousness of the calls to trade Jose, let’s take a look at the reasons why people are souring on the Blue Jays slugger.

Not A Leader

It’s time to trade Jose Bautista. He is not a good leader.It’s frickin’ embarrassing to watch this guy blow up.markhebscher.com/blog

— Mark Hebscher (@Hebsyman) June 10, 2013

Know what’s really embarrassing? That tweet.

This is my favourite argument for trading Jose Bautista. The man isn’t a leader? I personally am unable to analyze someone’s leadership traits among teammates that he spends countless hours every day with simply by the few minutes I see him on TV in the midst of intense sporting competition. But luckily I have Twitter to help!

But seriously, how is this a thing? Bautista blows up and gets ejected sometimes, it happens! When Brett Lawrie had a hissy fit and was arguing with Gibbers a couple weeks back, who stepped in and was the cooler head? Mr. Not-a-leader himself! Despite my aforementioned like of psycho-analytic skills, I would say that action had at least a trace of leadership in it.

David Ortiz is widely viewed as an excellent leader, but way back in 2004 Big Papi got a little upset about the strike zone he faced one fateful evening and lost it. Not only did Ortiz get ejected, but when he retreated to the dugout he grabbed a few bats and threw them at the umpire. Ortiz was suspended for the incident and traded shortly thereafter for his lack of leadership and rejoined the team after the suspension, continued to mash baseballs, and helped lead the Red Sox to the happy ending in Fever Pitch.

Time to Rebuild

Do I think the Blue Jays are going to make the playoffs this year? No, probably not.

Do I think the Blue Jays can make the playoffs this year? Absolutely! There are 99 games left on the schedule, just take a look at the 2012 Oakland A’s to see what can happen in baseball.

This is all kind of beside the point however. Even if the Blue Jays are out of contention this year, why in god’s name would they, after just 63 games (53 of which were without Jose Reyes), decide that this very talented team can’t rebound to contend next year?

Sure the Blue Jays might be able to wrangle a few blue-chip prospects in trade for JoeyBats,  but would of them develop and produce even half the value over their careers that Jose will over the remainder of his contract? Probably not…just ask the Royals how banking on the MLB’s best farm system to develop can turn out.

His Contract

@yawexperience I don’t think they can afford to keep Bautista, when his contract is up, he’s my favorite player, but I see him being moved.

— Oaks (@OakleyInc) June 7, 2013

Alright I’m going to be honest here, this guy might be the only person in the world to actually think that Jose Bautista’s contract is a thing to worry about, but this tweet somehow ended up in my timeline, and an article with three points looked way better than two so here we are.

As @OakleyInc tells us,  how much he may or may not cost the Blue Jays in 2017 is clearly a reason to trade Jose Bautista right now in 2013.

Bautista’s contract is actually one of the things, aside from his prodigious baseball skills, that give him such great value to the Blue Jays. Vastly inferior fellow outfielder B.J. Upton happened to sign a contract of identical term, for an extra $10-million this offseason, how anyone could possibly expect to replace Bautista’s production for anything close to the same amount of money is beyond me.

Speaking of money, one of my favourite tidbits of the offseason, and main reasons why you won’t see this core blown up anytime soon:

Prince Fielder remaing contract commitment $143M. Remaining contract commitment to Bautista/EE/Dickey/Morrow/Melky $135M. #Bluejays

— Gruber’s Mullet (@GrubersMullet) December 19, 2012

So that’s that. I honestly cannot think of a single rational reason that the Blue Jays would trade Jose Bautista. He’s their best player, signed to a team friendly contract, and has the pieces around him to have this team in contention for years to come.

Disagree? Let me know why in the comments below, or hit me up on Twitter, @travisb31.

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  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Trade Bautista? No way Jose!

  • Justin Jay

    Travis, it’s not so much the amount owed combined as much as the amount owed to each individual player given their age. But at $14 mil, you can’t get rid of Jose Bautista.

    • Michael Van Bommel

      Oh i think you can trade him. Great players can get great returns. The real question is how long until his next fit? He needs to stop embarrassing this city.

      • Justin Jay

        Maybe it is more personal for you guys being in Toronto and all. I don’t know. To say that people in Boston weren’t griping about and calling for the trading of Lester when he would throw his fits on the mound, would be false. But they never wanted to trade him because he was embarrassing the city. They wanted to trade him because he was pitching like shit and acting like a toddler while pitching like shit. We called it “Beckett-itis” Beckett did get traded for his attitude… but also because he no longer was good… the only embarrassment he was, was to himself… people down here don’t think of it as a representation of who we are. Hell, you never had the luxury of having Carl Everett, Kevin Youkilis, or Manny Ramirez on a Blue Jays roster. They make Bautista look like a saint

        • RyanMueller

          Justin I am in the Toronto area, love the Jays (win or lose) and I am a Jose fan. I think the out rage of discussing a Jose trade is from Toronto sports fans starving for a superstar and a winner. When I asked the question 3 days ago I didn’t think this would be the outcome, but it is good to get this type of traffic on this site.

          • Justin Jay

            I agree. 20 yrs does that to people. But were there calls for Robbie Alomar to be traded after he spit in Hirshbeck’s face?

            I don’t think it’s the trading part that’s outrageous for some of the readers as much as the reasons why.

          • RyanMueller

            Alomar wasn’t with TO when that happened. He was an O, but I get your meaning.
            If the reason to trade Jose is to make the team better, then trade him. If the reason to to trade Jose is because he argues balls and strikes….that is the wrong stance to take. If the jays were 10 games above .500 this isn’t an issue. This would not be an addition by subtraction. His attitude is not the issue, the teams performance is the issue. AA wants to build a winner for years to come, get a couple major league ready prospects.

          • Justin Jay

            Dammit, you’re right. The game took place in Toronto ironically. Even though he’s wearing an O’s uniform, I guess I willed him into a Blue Jays kit.

            Hit it dead on. Team performance is definitely the issue. People look for all sorts of reasons to explain it. Griffin wrote an article on 25 selfish players in the clubhouse. I keep hearing selfish. I don’t think that’s the case… I think they all have high expectations and want to win badly. Then again, I’m not in the clubhouse, so what do I know.

            Career low/worst stats for players is another explanation, but when you look at some of players with these poor stats and look at their body of work, it’s possible that we might have maybe overrated these players to begin with. Stats don’t show sudden declines in bat speed, changes in mechanics, or poor arm strength. Some will cite poor BABIPs, less than stellar seasonal +wRCs and don’t get me wrong, I am starting to take a liking to some of this new age stat stuff, but these stats try to explain the “ifs” and “buts.” These stats change daily and sometimes drastically. They don’t explain why exactly Morrow’s pitch speed and K/9 rate are down. If you look at Morrow’s total body of work and followed him from his Seattle days, the only consistent thing you can find with him is that he’s very inconsistent. So yea… I think this team has overrated some players and Morrow’s one of them… and while I won’t admit guilt for that, I will say that I thought he had turned the corner last season.

            Then there’s the injuries. Can’t deny the fact that there have been many and some just really unfortunate, like Happ’s. I do have a theory though and I touched on it a little bit in my last article… I was wondering why certain organizations can keep their young pitchers healthy and why Toronto has some of the worst luck as well as worst injuries when it comes to developing their own. The list is lengthy and even stunning when you read about the types of injuries. It really makes me wonder if somebody is teaching them the wrong mechanics. It really hindered us during a promising 2008. It hurt us pretty good in what was shaping up to be a promising year last year. For some reason, some Jays fans are stunned that the team is injured again even after knowing they picked 2 more injury riddled players in Johnson and Reyes.

          • RyanMueller

            All very good point and I couldn’t agree with you more. I like Morrow but he has always reminded me of AJ Burnett. Tons of talent but very up and down. He will win 20 games one day, but he may also lose 20.
            Look at how many Tampa Rays pitchers have gone down due to injuries in the past 5 years and compare them to the Jays. So sad.
            I believe that AA took a huge gamble with Reyes and JJ as a high risk high reward move. So far it hasn’t worked out for the Jays.

      • Rog

        What a head-scratching position to take. Star players all around the league are getting suspended for PEDs, drunk driving, intentionally throwing at players, charging the mound and brawling, and you’re worried about an argument and ejection?

        Do you know why teams get bad reputations? For either extremely poor performance or horrible roster management. Trading Bautista after he argued with accomplish both those feats. Yet AGAIN last night he proved his worth with game-tying home run on the last strike of the game. Unbelievable you’d want to ditch him over some perceived slight against the city.

  • David Mendez

    Bitchez Jose is the man he’s been there when we need the big hit so don’t say he’d enbarssing cuz he’s not nobody is perficted and he’s a great leader so don’t say shit don’t trade him plz I prayed ever time that Jose will stay here and that’s what I want so he can help the jays