The Toronto Blue Jays have yet to promote or discuss a long-term extension with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as of yet.
The Blue Jays may be authoring a future best selling novel titled “How to mismanage the best prospect in baseball”. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. apparently will marinate in Buffalo a little while longer even though his service time has already been manipulated.
According to Conor Foley of the Times-Tribune, the Blue Jays and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. have not reached a point where an extension has been discussed. Foley recently spoke to Guerrero Jr. through a translator in regards to the possibility of signing an extension.
"“That point hasn’t reached yet, we’re not there yet. But if they offered a contract and it looked good — I’m still keeping my mind on just playing in the major leagues and staying with this team.”"
It is hard to fathom what an additional couple weeks will do in the minors for Vladdy at this point. According to manager Charlie Montoyo, he is receiving regular updates from the Bisons managerBobby Meacham and 20-30 more at-bats may be enough. Just promote him already, Lord knows the Jays could use the help on offence.
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It is somewhat surprising the Jays brain trust has not even broached the topic of an extension with Vladdy seeing the current climate around the majors. The likes of Eloy Jimenez, Ronald Acuna, and Ozzie Albies have all inked somewhat team-friendly long-term pacts with their employers.
I guess that is the difference between Alex Anthopoulos and Ross Atkins. The former Jays GM was responsible for both the Acuna and Albies signings. In particular, the Albies signing appeared below market value and very team friendly.
The next couple of weeks should be integral in how the Vladdy saga plays out, as for now, Guerrero is in the minors and is not actively negotiating an extension.