Oct 23, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere (7) catches a fly ball at the wall hit by Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (not pictured) in the seventh inning in game six of the ALCS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Q3: How will the logjam in left field sort itself out?
Left field is lining up to be a good problem for the Blue Jays, but with at least three quality options, it could be one of their more difficult seasons. For the sake of discussion, let’s work on the assumption that all three of Ben Revere, Michael Saunders and Dalton Pompey remain with the Blue Jays until the Winter Meetings. Will any of these names be floated in trade talks?
Pompey will be an obvious target if the Blue Jays take to the trade market in search of an impact starter, while Revere’s value could allow the Jays to re-allocate assets elsewhere, perhaps a depth starter or bullpen help. Saunders, at this point, may not have the value to produce a worthwhile net return.
If the three remain throughout the entire offseason, there’s also a chance the Jays keep Pompey in AAA to continue his development. Revere showed his limitations this season, but if his bat is kept towards the bottom of the lineup, he’s an excellent option. Saunders, if healthy and given regular at-bats, could have some dark horse potential. Don’t forget about a man named Anthony Alford, either, who represents another blue chip outfield prospect behind Pompey.
The rumblings of moving Jose Bautista to first base will always exist, but I don’t think that’s something we’ll be seeing next season, or ever. Kevin Pillar‘s defense alone should help him stay an impact centre-fielder, so let the game of musical chairs in left field begin…
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