Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins addressed the media yesterday in regards to the Josh Donaldson trade and unfortunately, there are not many Blue Jays fans buying what Atkins is spewing as he attempts to save face with the fan base.
Ross Atkins spoke out of both sides of his mouth when attempting to defend trading Josh Donaldson for a player to be named later, that apparently is one-day going to impact the lineup. Atkins then went right overboard when he made an erroneous statement that the Blue Jays would have strongly considered offering J.D. a qualifying offer for the 2019 campaign.
The GM must not respect the baseball IQ of Blue Jays fans if he expects anyone for one second to believe the nonsense he is spewing out of his mouth especially just after running the former MVP out of town.
Just so we are all on the same page Ross, you are not fooling anyone. Zeros, nada, nobody.
The qualifying offer would have made more sense than rushing the third baseman into a rehab assignment just so Atkins could trade him to his old stomping grounds in Cleveland. The same Indians team that sports a former Blue Jays fan favourite in Edwin Encarnacion.
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If J.D. had turned down the offer, the Jays would have been compensated with a high draft pick and had he accepted then he could have mentored Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Jays could have searched for a better trade partner if the Jays were out of contention next season. There is no reason why J.D. and Vladdy could not co-exist together, wow what a terrible problem to have.
You could see many of the Jays players were shaken by the trade and everyone had nothing but accolades to throw Donaldson’s way. Social media was an Atkins roast last night following his B.S. laden lip service.
The likes of Josh Donaldson don’t come around every day as the third baseman is a generational talent. Yes, he has been injury prone of late but J.D. deserved better, much better. Donaldson carried this team on his back more times than I can count, he was clutch in every sense of the word and someone who struck fear in the opposition when he strode to the plate.
But in typical Blue Jays fashion, we ran this guy out of town. Great job Ross, hope your PTBNL from your Cleveland days was worth it.
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