Blue Jays I Would Be Mad To See Traded
September 18, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos speaks during a press conference addressing offensive comments written on the eye black of infielder Yunel Escobar (not pictured) before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsYou don’t have to be a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays for very long to realize that when Alex Anthopoulos wants to make a trade, there’s probably a pretty good chance that you won’t it coming.
And unless you’ve got a crystal ball, you probably didn’t see the Detroit Tigers trading Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for Ian Kinsler either.
So with all the unpredictability surrounding potential trades there’s very little use in trying to guess what will actually happen.
However I can safely say that there are certain Blue Jays players I don’t want to see traded so let’s talk about that for a minute.
Unlike the trade market, this post isn’t going to be that unpredictable because (obviously) I’ll be focusing on the Blue Jays best players for the most part.
Jose Bautista: You would think just saying his name would be enough with no explanation necessary. But with more Jays fans okay with the idea of trading him than you would think I may have to actually explain this.
He’s the best player on the team. His bat is irreplaceable. You take away his bat, you take away a big chunk of the Jays offense. The Jays are obviously a much better team when he’s in the lineup. Trading Bautista could lead to Encarnacion not getting as many pitches to hit for the rest of his Blue Jays career with only one fearsome bat in the lineup to pitch around. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a guy who hits a lot of monster home runs and is fun to watch!
Edwin Encarnacion: See Jose Bautista.
Jose Reyes: One of the most entertaining players in baseball and my personal favorite player on the team. I’d also love to see him hit a triple in a Blue Jays uniform at least once.
Colby Rasmus: Rasmus is entering his contract year and if he follows up his career year with another great season, the Jays may not be able to afford him. But that’s all the more reason to disagree with AA if he decides to trade Rasmus. He’s about as fun of a player to watch as any so if 2014 is his last year as a Blue Jay, I’ll be cherishing every last moment. He also finished up last season with a four-game home run streak, which is a great sign leading into the off-season and if he manages to improve even slightly he’ll just be that much more fun to watch. And in my opinion, only Ken Griffey Jr and Barry Bonds have historically hit more beautiful home runs than Colby.
Mark Buehrle: When the Blue Jays acquired Buehrle I was very skeptical of him pitching in the AL East. However, he pitched his way into my heart this season. You would think a guy who had thrown 12 straight seasons of 200 innings wouldn’t have much to prove anymore. But after witnessing him do everything he did firsthand last season, it just gave me a much bigger appreciation of what he brings to the table. Besides, the Jays would have a tough time replacing the quality of his 200 IP even of they manage to add another “innings-eater” pitcher this off-season.
Honorable mentions: R.A. Dickey, Brandon Morrow, Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie. Meaning I’ll be upset if they get traded but I won’t be angry enough to fantasize about taking violent measures against AA.