Blue Jays Morning Brew: Back on top!


The Toronto Blue Jays have retaken the throne in the AL East. A dominant weekend sweep of the Los Angeles Angels has vaulted the Blue Jays back over the New York Yankees by a half-game, and their offense appears to be clicking at an all-time level. With a day of rest on Monday before kicking off a three-game set against the Texas Rangers, let’s wrap up some news you may have missed in today’s edition of the Morning Brew.

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Reyes unhappy in Colorado?  –  Geoff Lowe of Sportsnet tells us that our old friend Jose Reyes doesn’t seem thrilled with his situation in Colorado. No wonder, as the Blue Jays now sit in a playoff spot and the Rockies sit dead last in the NL West at 49-73. That’s the lowest win total in the MLB.

“You come from a ball club that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that. I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”

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Alex Anthopoulos was able to unload his $22 million annual salary, but that was miracle work. Very few situations will arise similar to the Tulowitzki-Reyes trade unless Colorado is willing to eat a ton of salary, so he may need to get comfortable.

Eye on Hutchison  –  Brendan Kennedy of the The Star updates us on Drew Hutchison, who allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over 4.0 innings pitched in Buffalo on Sunday. While Hutch was understandably disappointed with his demotion, he realizes that he left the door open for Toronto to make the move.

“Whenever you are in a position that I’m in — or really, any athlete — you can’t give anybody a reason to send you out. And given my inconsistencies earlier in the year, I had done that.”

Tulo still battling  –  Toronto’s new shortstop is still hitting just .207 through 21 games, but as Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun writes, he’s not focusing on himself. “I haven’t been myself but at the same time, I know it’s a tough game,” Tulowitzki said Sunday. “I’ve been through these periods before so that makes it easier to take. My job is to come here and help us win in whatever way I can. I’m not worried about myself.”

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