Blue Jays’ Devon Travis may benefit from demotion

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 19: Second baseman Devon Travis
PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 19: Second baseman Devon Travis /

The Toronto Blue Jays will need to get creative moving forward with their roster decisions once Josh Donaldson is activated from the disabled list, however, optioning Devin Travis may benefit the second baseman in the grand scheme of things.

To say Devon Travis is struggling would be a gross understatement, the 27-year old is finally healthy but has struggled mightily out of the gate. Devo is batting .140/.218/.160 with only one extra-base hit in his first 15 games of the 2018 campaign.

Travis along with newcomer Randal Grichuk has virtually provided zero offence for the Jays during the first month of the season. Grichuk has been surpassed by Teoscar Hernandez on the outfield depth chart and relegated to the bench of last in favour of the young slugger.

Grichuk does not have any minor league options remaining after his former team burned his last one demoting him last season. Travis still has three options remaining and can be demoted without having to pass through waivers.

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Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Aledmys Diaz, and Yangervis Solarte would share the shortstop and second base duties in the absence of Travis. The Jays would be forced to keep five outfielders on the big league roster in order not to expose Grichuk to the waiver wire.

Lineup juggling aside, Travis looks like he could benefit from a stint in Buffalo to right the ship. He would be able to work out the kinks with the Bisons away from the spotlight and constant pressure cooker to perform at the major league level.

Realistically, Travis may be a little behind the eight ball after spending more than two-thirds of last season shelved on the DL. Before this season he had not appeared in a major league game since June 04th of last year.

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Travis may also soon begin to lose playing time to Gurriel who accumulated more runs batted in during his MLB debut than Travis has produced all season. You have to feel for Travis who has been snakebitten by injuries his entire MLB career but at the end of the day this isn’t the try league, it’s the get it done league.