Former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins is still baffled by the brain trusts explanation for not bringing the 30-year old back for another season north of the border.
Ryan Goins spoke candidly to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet on the heels of the infielder’s new team being swept by the Jays. The six-year MLB veteran reflected on his time with the Blue Jays and how he was caught off guard when he was told his services would no longer be required.
"“It caught me off-guard, the explanation that I received didn’t make any sense to me, still doesn’t, telling me that you need a more versatile team. I’m thinking, what’s more versatile than a guy who can play every position on the field? But it comes down to money and things like that, and they wanted to make moves they thought would make the team better."
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Goins definitely wasn’t without his flaws, however, I would have to agree that versatility would not be one of them. During his tenure with Toronto, Goins played every position other than catcher and centrefield including a shutout inning of relief in 2016 that landed him on the disabled list with forearm tightness.
The former 4th round selection is more known for defensive prowess although last season he did set career highs in runs batted in (62) and hits (99) while batting a robust .330 in 117 plate appearances with runners in scoring position.
Goins reiterated during the interview that he loved his time in Toronto and wanted to remain in the city where it all began for him.
"“I was hurt for a while, obviously, I loved it here, I wanted to be here as long as I possibly could. My time was over. I still keep in touch with the guys the, coaches, with DeMarlo (Hale) a lot, KP (Kevin Pillar), Stro (Marcus Stroman), Tulo (Troy Tulowitzki), all the guys in the corner of the locker room with me. Obviously want to see them do well.”"
Hopefully, Goins can land on his feet in Kansas City and prove his value to the rebuilding Royals. Thus far he is only batting .190 with four hits in 22 plate appearances for his new club. Good luck Ryan on all your future baseball endeavors except when you’re playing the Blue Jays of course.