Toronto Blue Jays hurler Marcus Stroman took to social media to vent his frustration about the loss of his teammate and buddy Ryan Goins after the Blue Jays opted not to tender the infielder a contract making Goins a free agent.
Shortly after the Blue Jays non-tendered both Goins and pitcher Tom Koehler the Jays acquired shortstop Aledmys Diaz in exchange for prospect J.B. Woodman. The acquisition of Diaz all but closed the book on a possible return for Goins as Diaz will now slide into the utility role once occupied by Goins.
Nearly an hour after the 8 pm non-tender deadline Stroman tweeted his disbelief that Goins was gone and confirmed that he learned of the news through Twitter. The “Stro-Show” ended the tweet with the hashtag #communication which is undoubtedly directed at the Blue Jays front office.
Approximately 20 minutes after his initial tweet Stroman tweeted a pic of the two of them sporting HDMH gear calling Goins the best infield glove in all of baseball and that he was going to miss his guy with the hashtag #runsaver.
Stroman and Goins spent a good portion of the offseason vacationing together and building his “Height Doesn’t Measure Heart” brand.
Goins will now look for a new team to call home after spending parts of the past five seasons north of the border with Stroman and company. GoGo leaves Toronto with a career .228/.275/.335 line but will be remembered more for what he did on the defensive side of the field. Although last season Goins did hit .330 with runners in scoring position while attaining career highs in home runs and runs batted in.
The business side of baseball can be ruthless however Stroman is going to have to separate the emotion and human element from future transactions even though that is sometimes easier said than done especially for a guy who wears his heart on his sleeve like Stroman.