Since the all-star break, the Toronto Blue Jays have been returning to May form as the playoff race begins to intensify. Moreover, there has been much excitement surrounding the three major players who shall be rejoining the team for the final stretch of the season very shortly.
Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind all bring so much to the table and each of their returns will be instrumental as the Jays continue their pursuit of the AL East crown. Yes, that has the team and the fans buzzing, but it does bring forth a tad bit of a problem, which skipper John Gibbons will be forced to deal with.
Simple addition-subtraction: three players join the team, meaning three players must be sent down. Undoubtably, a difficult decision, but not necessarily in a bad way. I mean what makes it a tough call is that the Blue Jay call-ups have all proven their worth since the second half of the season got underway.
Ryan Goins, Munenori Kawasaki, Steve Tolleson, Danny Valencia and Anthony Gose have all performed very well for the team and Gibbons will soon need to relegate three of these players to the minors. The return of Lawrie brings forth a player who has proven to have the ability to play both third and second base and with the poor arm of Kawasaki, he seems like the first obvious choice to be sent down.
It will be hard for the team to move down Tolleson and Valencia as both of them have shown that they are able to hammer opposing lefties when they are called upon to either start or pinch hit. Not only that, but their effort on the field has been very impressive as well.
This may leave Goins and Gose as the two players who probably will be getting the hook. Gose has continued to show signs of brilliance on the field and on the base path while Goins has been an incredible fielder who is swinging a hot bat.
Another potential route that Gibbons can take is to designate Juan Francisco for assignment. Francisco strikes out a ton, cannot play any defence, but when he does hit the ball, he hits it deep. The power Francisco holds in his bat may be the reason why he will be kept on the roster as oppose to having Goins aboard to keep playing second.
What are your thoughts, Jays fans? Let us know in the comments section below.
At a time when the Jays are getting production from the whole roster, who should be the three players sent down to the minors to create space for Lind, Encarnacion and Lawrie?