Now before people come to my front door with pitchforks and torches, let me just start by saying, I love Josh Donaldson. The guy has been a spectacular addition to the Jays that was major upgrade on both defence and offence. The amount of pride I felt, seeing a guy who plays for my team, take home the 2015 AL MVP is one of my more memorable moments as a sports fan. I have no doubt in my mind that the bringer of rain is a massive reason the Jays were able to make it to the ALCS in back to back years. I’d even go as far to say that he’s the best guy to play on the corner the Jays have ever had...sorry Kelly Gruber.
But another main reason the Jays had so much success the past few years, was Donaldson’s supporting cast. The Jays made a number a big trades in years past and brought in a series of aging superstars. Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin, Mark Buehrle and RA Dickey to name a few. Eddie left for Cleveland, RA Dickey now plays in Atlanta, Buehrle retired, and Martin and Tulo struggle on a weekly basis to stay healthy. The value these guys once had is quickly diminishing and the return we could get in a trade is low. The exception? Josh Donaldson.
Josh Donaldson is the only guy on this roster who is still bringing in a consistent performance every day. The guy had an unreal second half of the season including stretch where he had 12 homers in the month of August. The return we could get right now from a team who’s in need for an all star on the hot corner is massive. In a perfect world I’d love to ship him off to Cleveland for Andrew Miller, but we gotta be realistic here.
In terms of pitching, you usually have to wait a few years to find out if the guy has the stuff or not. And usually the team wants that guy to be a starter first. Fair enough. So do I think the Jays should sell Donaldson (aka the farm) for a guy in his late 20’s to fill the 8th inning spot?
This is where you’re gonna hate me Jays fans. We need to accept the fact that Boston and the Yankees are gonna take the division for the next couple years. So what do we do? We sell Donaldson to the highest bidder and get as many. Humanly possible. Dirt Cheap. Down to earth prospects that we possibly can. And if a team only wants to sell a few decent arms? We take some utility guys and we flip em for more. We ship out any decent shot we have at winning the division and we SUCK for the next three years. And then? We take all these arms we’ve acquired, and we start winning low scoring ball games. And I bet that sounds foreign.
It should. The last few years, these Blue Jays either win by five or we lose by one. It was the most frustrating thing. But the only thing the Jays couldn’t figure out...was good pitching. Now, it should be our turn. We get the artillery. We fill the pen. We set up our closer, and we start winning ball games. Games in the regular season, games in October. Heck...we win the last game of the season.