In Toronto, more than ever, the Jays want to get their hands on a quality starting pitcher. This is why they are willing to make an offer to a pitcher who is pegged with a compensatory choice, but also because the Jays might be willing to let go of an important position player to make it happen – including a receiver.
According to Scott Mitchell and his sources, the Jays may even consider the possibility of letting Lourdes Gurriel Jr. go in order to strengthen himself on the mound.
Here’s an interesting one: Heard from multiple people lately #BlueJays could be open to moving Lourdes Gurriel Jr. this winter, especially if it brings the right rotation arm back.
Signed through 2023 and heading into his age-26 season, the contract is nice and so is the bat.
– Scott Mitchell (@ScottyMitchTSN) November 11, 2019
Obviously, you have to think that the pitcher obtained in return would be just fantastic since Gurriel Jr. has been since his transfer to the left. The new outfielder regained his batting confidence in the potato field and was discovered a cannon arm.
In addition, the young man is under contract until 2023 at a favorable price, which makes him a candidate of choice to start a process of reconstruction.
A transaction not to do?
Obviously, anyone can be traded if the price is there. However, it must be said that if a guy like Gurriel is traded, the comeback will be extraordinary. Why? Because he is good, but also because his departure would create a huge hole in the field.
In fact, apart from his few injuries, there is nothing wrong with him.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had pain in his side before game and now will need his appendix removed per Montoyo.
– Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) September 24, 2019
For now, the disappointing Randal Grichuk is the regular in the straight and the not always reliable Teoscar Hernandez has played in the center. They are complemented by guys like Billy McKinney, Derek Fisher, and Jonathan Davis.
The presence of Gurriel Jr. on the left is therefore necessary. Which launcher can (realistically) change this reality? It’s up to Ross Atkins to tell us.