Should the Blue Jays look to trade him while he’s relevant?
As we mentioned earlier, Goins was on the bubble for even making the team out of spring training, as he was out of options and likely wouldn’t have passed through the waiver process. The Blue Jays elected to cut Melvin Upton instead and the rest is history.
There were reports that part of the reason for selecting Goins over Upton was the trade market for each player. Upton reportedly had next to no interest, while Goins had a few teams that were interested in his services. With the Blue Jays having to juggle the 25 and 40 man rosters, it made sense that they figured they could at least bring back an asset for Goins, if the right offer presented itself. Fortunately for John Gibbons and the Jays’ brass, that trade never happened prior to all the injuries.
However, should the Blue Jays gauge the trade market, now that Tulowitzki is almost back from injury? Not that you want to get rid of an asset like Goins with an infield that has spent as much time on the DL as the Blue Jays’, but is it worth checking to see what he might fetch?
He’s had a great audition lately and he’s answered the call in a big way, so it’s entirely possible there are rival GMs viewing him as a possible starting option in the infield. He wouldn’t cost a great deal in trade, and he will definitely hold his own on defence in a worst case scenario.
All that said, the Blue Jays may decide to hang on to him in the event they need injury fill-ins again, or of course there’s always the possibility…..