It is often said there's a lack of loyalty in professional sports, including players being traded or not re-signed when their preference is to remain with their current team. On the flip side, there's been plenty of occasions where those same players have left a team in the lurch, when offered a better situation elsewhere. The Blue Jays are no exception to these -- and any other number of similar -- scenarios.
At the same time, there are also numerous times throughout professional sports when an admirable and/or appropriate amount of loyalty has been displayed. However, what about when maybe too much loyalty has been shown towards an individual? Here is a look at three players who the Blue Jays have arguably too much faith in at this moment in time:
Of the three players referenced in this article, Mitch White is the one most akin to being the equivalent of a cat with nine lives. How he is on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster is barely quantifiable.
The actual reason is so that White can't elect for free agency and have the Blue Jays all but lose him for nothing. However, you have to wonder why they would not allow just this, to be done with the headache(s) he has caused during his time in Toronto.
Pure and simple, the 29-year-old has been awful for the Blue Jays in his 20 appearances for them in the Majors, which includes eight starts (all during the 2022 campaign). He has a 0-6 record, while producing a 7.60 ERA and 1.737 WHIP over 55.2 combined innings.
White essentially looked bad from the word go following his arrival from the Dodgers in a August 2022 trade. However, the hope was that offseason and spring training would help get him back on track this past season.
Instead, the seeds were sown for another disappointing campaign, when the righty started the year on the injured list due to elbow inflammation. After rehab assignments in the minors, he subsequently spent more time out due to shoulder fatigue.
Then, when White did finally make his first appearance of the season for the Blue Jays, it was a disaster. He allowed three hits and two earned runs in 1.2 innings, serving as an indicator of how things were going to play out for him in 2023 at the Major League level.
After clearing waivers and being assigned to Buffalo for the remainder of the season, the 2016 second round draft pick at times showed some promise, but ultimately finished his Triple-A campaign with a 1-2 record, 5.50 ERA and 1.563 WHIP in 55.2 innings over 17 appearances (including 12 starts).
Why White is still on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster could also conceivably come down to the front office just trying to save face and hoping he (somehow) works out. Don't forget that they did give up a couple of promising prospects in Nick Frasso and Moises Brito, to acquire him in the first place.
Further, that hope comes from the perception that when the Blue Jays traded for the San Jose, California native, he was actually an enticing addition. Certainly he had shown some glimpses of promise in 38 games for the Dodgers, with a 3.58 ERA, 3.87 FIP and 1.202 WHIP in 105.2 combined innings.
As things stand, White will get (yet) another opportunity to justify the Blue Jays' decision to keep him around. However, even he must be surely running out of lives, in his attempts to stick around in Toronto.