In their continuing search to find a starting 2nd baseman, the Toronto Blue Jays have added another candidate to the list, signing former Kansas City Royal, Chris Getz to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
The 30 year old Getz has spent 6 seasons in the MLB, after making his debut in 2004 with the Chicago White Sox. Getz is a career .251 / .310 / .309 hitter, while showing good speed on the base paths, stealing over 20 bases in the two seasons where he played over 100 games. While displaying a solid glove on defense, do not expect Getz to be hitting for any power as showed by his 3 career home runs in 1384 career at-bats.
In his latest season with the Royals in 2013, Chris Getz accumulated .220/.288/.273 with 1 home run, 18 RBI, and 16 SB.
Getz will compete for the starting second baseman role as well as a spot on the 25 man roster with the likes of Ryan Goins, Maicer Izturis, Steven Tolleson and Munenori Kawasaki. With GM Alex Anthopoulos stating they were unlikely to sign a 2B through free agency right now, this list looks to be the depth for the Blue Jays at the 2nd base position.
Anthopoulos held a press conference during the winter tour’s stop in Buffalo today, and had a few news worthy statements to make.
Including the introduction of the Buffalo Bisons’ new manager, Gary Allenson, replacing the recently departed Marty Brown.
Addressing the Blue Jays starting rotation, which Mike Wilner has the details on:
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) January 16, 2014
Anthopoulos also stated that the cost of acquiring starting pitching in both through free agency and via trade were too high at the moment.
AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) January 16, 2014