May 10, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Chris Getz (39) gets out Los Angeles Angels third baseman John McDonald (8) and throws to first during the fourth inning in a game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Everyone can stop panicking now, our time of unrest is officially over. Chris Getz is not leaving the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
The 30-year-old Getz was designated for assignment on May 11th in order to allow closer Casey Janssen to be activated from the disabled list. With Getz having cleared waivers, the Blue Jays have officially announced that the infielder has been sent outright to the Buffalo Bisons.
Getz appeared in 10 games with the Blue Jays before his designation, providing solid defense but struggling offensively. In 28 plate appearances, he managed a slash-line of .160/.222/.422, not exactly the offensive output they were hoping for when they recalled him to provide an upgrade over the ineptitude Ryan Goins had been providing with the bat.
His production was much more impressive during his early season stay in Buffalo. In 18 games and 76 plate appearances with the Bisons, he slashed .309/.382/.338. However, Getz is a slap hitter and his extra-base gifts are still limited, even in the minors. Combined with his time in Toronto, Getz has just notched just 3 extra base hits on the year.
At this stage, Getz isn’t likely to get another shot in Toronto unless something drastic were to happen. Unfortunately, that is somewhat of an indictment on the Blue Jays, and their decision not to address the situation at second base this season. For now, Steve Tolleson and Brett Lawrie will split the duties at second.
According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Getz has decided to retire. He released the following statement on Friday morning:
"“I’ve enjoyed every minute that I’ve played and will always be passionate about the game,” Getz said. “I’m starting a family, and I’m interested in other endeavors both inside and outside of the game.”"
Best of luck to Chris in this next chapter of his life.