Brett Lawrie’s durability issues, combined with the recent improvement to Devon Travis, means the possibility of him returning to the Toronto Blue Jays decreases with every passing day.
Srikant Kabse recently looked into the speculation linking the Toronto Blue Jays to Brett Lawrie. Initially reported by ESPN‘s Jim Bowden, they were apparently one of four teams interested in Lawrie, who was released earlier this month by the Chicago White Sox.
However, for any Blue Jays’ fans hoping for the return of the live wire, a reunion is unlikely. In fact, as MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm writes, it would be a shock.
One of the main reasons for this, is due to the fact any interest in Lawrie was linked to the healthy of Devon Travis. As recently as last week, Travis had not progressed as much as anticipated, with the possibility of him not being ready for opening day.
Now though, there have finally been some positive steps. As per The Athletic‘s John Lott, the 26-year old is scheduled to start playing in minor league games some time this week.
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However, another reason the Blue Jays will likely stay away from Lawrie, comes down to his own issues with remaining healthy. In five full seasons in the Majors, he has battled various ailments, resulting in him missing an average of 53 games per year.
No one doubts the talent of the Canadian. Unfortunately, he has been a disappointment up to this point and may never truly fulfill his potential, in large part due to his inability to stay on the field.
In this respect, Lawrie is currently dealing with minor soft-tissue discomfort in his lower back. As reported by Bowden, agent Joe Urbon says his client is making progress, but will probably not sign with a new team until he is back to 100 percent.
Even taking this into account, you could still make a legitimate argument for the Blue Jays re-signing the 27-year old. At the very least, he would provide decent depth behind Travis at second base, as well as Josh Donaldson at third.
In addition, Lawrie will probably be available at a reasonable price. Overall though, as much as it could make sense, most indications still point towards it being an unlikely scenario.
What was your overall impression of Lawrie during his tenure with the Blue Jays? How does this influence your thinking of whether or not you would like to see him back in Toronto? Share your thoughts in the comments section.