With last night’s 6-1 defeat in Milwaukee against the Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays now have a 4-12 record for the month of August. Even though this is the time of year that is often referred to as “the dog days of summer,” the Jays have taken it to a whole other level in 2014.
I realize it’s not over yet, with Toronto only 4.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot, but you have to admit it is starting to look rather ominous for the Boys in Blue. The players almost seem disinterested, and it appears it may still relate back to the team’s inactivity at the trade deadline, as per this tweet from Arash Madani of Sportsnet.
Again, amidst a 4-11 August, a #Bluejays player told me today: “Now you know what (Bautista) meant about not doing (crap) at the deadline.”
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 20, 2014
I (naively?) thought Jose Bautista, Casey Janssen and company had gotten past this, but I guess not. The question is, do the Blue Jays players have a genuine right to continually gripe about what did, or more to the point, didn’t happen last month?
I have to admit I’ve changed my perspective on this during the last few weeks, after initially being on board with the players frustrations. After all, Rogers had always said if the Blue Jays were ever challenging when the trade deadline approached, they would make the money available to add some key components to the roster.
However, I now realize this doesn’t work if you have to give up the farm just to add one player. By all accounts, the demands of some of the other teams were, quite frankly, ridiculous.
For example, would you really give up Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez for John Lester, especially when the Red Sox pitcher would likely not re-sign with Toronto after the season? I’m sorry, but you don’t give up two of your potential long-term starters for what, in effect, would be a short-term rental.
Also, as per the money aspect, recent reports indicate Alex Anthopoulos never actually went to Rogers asking for funds. Basically, no trade was ever close enough to being in the works for the request to be made.
What puzzles me is that Bautista and the other players must surely be aware of all this. If so, I can only surmise they are frustrated at how such a promising season is falling apart and they’re looking for an excuse to vent.
The players have to remember this is the same team that at one point had a six-game lead in their division and was half a game off the best record in the entire American League. Yes, there’s been a lot of injury issues during the season, but this was a talented enough roster that a free fall to this extent should not have happened.
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