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Blue Jays: Big decisions coming to make the 40 man roster work

TORONTO, ON - JULY 24: John Axford #77 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on July 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JULY 24: John Axford #77 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins at Rogers Centre on July 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays loses his bat during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 12: Devon Travis #29 of the Toronto Blue Jays loses his bat during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 12, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

What about Devon Travis?

I briefly alluded to Devon Travis in the last slide, and mentioned that he suffered a meniscus tear in his knee and will likely be sidelined until May. That’s probably not quite enough time for the Blue Jays to add him to the 60 day disabled list, which means they’ll still need to keep a spot for him on the 40 man roster.

Or will they?

I’m not suggesting that the Blue Jays should make any drastic decisions, but unfortunately the idea of designating Travis for assignment may not be that rash. I’m a fan of the player for sure, and I’m hoping to see a big bounce back year from him in 2019. It’s just unfortunate that the baseball gods seem to be mistaking him for Troy Tulowitzki, as he just can’t seem to catch a break in order to stay healthy.

Travis has already been discussed as a guy that may potentially be on the bubble this year, especially with the onslaught of talented infielder options on the way in the minor league system. It’s not just guys like Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Brandon Drury, and Bo Bichette that could handle the gig right now, but there are others like Cavan Biggio, Kevin Smith, and more that aren’t far away from contributing. When you consider the Jays also have Richard Urena and Eric Sogard in the system, the idea of waiting for Travis to get healthy gets harder to justify.

For what it’s worth, I’m hoping that things work out that he can come back and show that he’s the type of hitter that can post a .300 batting average, as he’s shown potential to do in the past. However, with a bevy of other talented infield options, the Blue Jays might decide that they can get by without him, even if it would be a shame to let him go.

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