There were some unhappy Toronto Blue Jays fans lighting up their twitter feeds with negative feedback towards the brass for not being more active on the trade front. The Blue Jays did not complete a deadline day deal and given the quality (or lack thereof) of players being moved today I am not really all that disappointed.
Fans were already upset seeing their #meatsdontclash superstar in the making Travis Snider dealt away but in reality the Blue Jays added one of the better arms moved over the past two days in Brad Lincoln. Featuring a blazing 94-96 MPH fastball Lincoln has seen a rebirth in his role as an effective shutdown reliever for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 59.1 innings, Lincoln has a 2.73 ERA, 3.45 xFIP, 9.1 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 1.10 WHIP. Adding him to Casey Janssen and Darren Oliver and there might not be a better trio in terms of bullpen dominance on one team.
That is a welcome sight for a bullpen that has been in shambles almost from the first pitch of the season. It is also comforting knowing he will be around to help the relief core for next year as well. Lincoln will be under Blue Jays control until 2018.
There have been many Travis Snider’s that could just never hack it in the bigs and while I wish Travis well in the next phase of his career I am not overly optimistic he will ever reach that once lofty potential we read about for years in Pittsburgh either.
The jury is definitely out on this trade for the Blue Jays and Alex Anthopoulos and maybe we don’t know all the back story or if Snider approached the team looking to be moved? Is it possible there is an attitude problem or some other blemish that we will never hear about?
All in all I have never been a huge Travis Snider fan and am not all that concerned he was moved. I see him [Snider] more as the next Jeremy Hermida than Josh Hamilton.
In other words, relax.
No the Blue Jays didn’t acquire Matt Garza or Josh Johnson but funny thing is nobody else did either. It is extremely hard to envision either of those players being traded at the deadline for anything less than a king’s ransom of top prospects.
Given the fuzzy health records of both hurlers there is probably a reason no other team anted up either. Sometimes the best deal you make is the one you don’t, especially at the pressure packed trade deadline when prices become inflated.
Am I a tad disappointed? Absolutely, but again, neither of the arms worth targeting were traded at all so what is there to be upset about? Nobody wants to hear it I know but the ‘p’ word is the essential word for Blue Jays fans, patience.
Anthopoulos said it’s more important the Blue Jays make the right trade.
“At the end of the day I think fans understand we’re ultimately doing what we think is best for the long- and short-term of the club,” he said. “I don’t think anybody wants us to make a bad deal.
“I think the fans realize and certainly follow along in terms of making the right deal and I think that’s all they really care about. As long as we continue to improve the club and again I don’t know they ever want us to necessarily do it at the expense of doing a bad deal.”