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The Blue Jays have been trying to pick up their offense lately. They’ve made a host of promotions, etc. To say they’ve been struggling is a bit of an understatement. Hey, at least it isn’t as bad as the bullpen. Am I right? Am I right? Sorry, too soon?
The Blue Jays had placed Moises Sierra on waivers when they designated him for assignment this past Thursday. So far in 2014, he’s batting a whopping .059. But, he might be leading the league in fouling balls of his shin, so there’s that. In 3 seasons with the Blue Jays, Sierra has totaled just 66 hits and 82 strikeouts. Fans will probably be more frustrated with his mental game than anything else. Sierra has been an adventure on the base paths, not to mention the odd routes, etc he takes in the outfield.
In fairness to Sierra, it is difficult to develop in the big leagues when you are limited in your playing time. His plate appearances during his time with the Blue Jays have been sparse: 2012-157 plate appearances, 2013- 122 plate appearances, 2014- 35 plate appearances. He has been given inconsistent opportunities during his tenure. Perhaps regular at bats and playing time will help Sierra develop into the hitter the Blue Jays hoped he would. Up until now, the Jays appear to have been reluctant to let go of the potential of Sierra.
Having been dealing with the “what if” that comes with potential, the Blue Jays decided to move on from “what is”.