Double Play: Would the Jays consider moving Travis Snider?

Daan De Kerpel
1/2/2010 8:14:52 PM
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While the Toronto Blue Jays will likely take a break from making any significant moves because of the wedding and honeymoon of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, it's clear that they still have some work to do before the season starts.                          

While the club would likely prefer to move the trio of Lyle Overbay, Edwin Encarnacion and Scott Downs because they will all make a good chunk of money in 2010, I can't shake the feeling that the club is looking at doing something bigger.

That something would be a deal featuring outfielder Travis Snider.

To be clear, this is pure speculation on my part.  I'm not an insider to the Jays 'cone of silence' when it comes to trade talks, but I can't shake the idea that the club is trying to move him.

For me this all comes down to numbers.

Right now, Snider is an outfielder, but it's hard to say how long he'll be able to play acceptable defence there, and that's when the problems could arise.

The Jays already have two players to fill in the first base/designated hitter roles in Adam Lind and the recently acquired Brett Wallace – who the club said they would shift from third to first base.

If/when Snider needs to be shifted because of his defence, there really isn't anywhere to go.

It's a three players for two positions scenario.

While that might not be an issue for a few years, there are other reasons for my questioning his long-term future as a Jay.

The club said during the off-season that Snider will have to earn a starting spot in Spring Training and I'm wondering why that is.

Is Jose Bautista the long-term answer in the corner outfield?  No.

Will the fast Joey Gathright bring more to the table than Snider in two or three years when the Jays would like to contend in the American League East?  No.

So why play games?

If you feel that Snider, who will turn 22 in February, needs more seasoning in Triple A to open the year just say so.  Since sitting him on the bench in the Majors will delay his development, I just don't understand why the club is dealing with it this way.

It sort of reminds me of how Jeremy Accardo was treated by the organization last season.

Now, am I saying that the Jays should give him away in the first offer they get?

Of course not, but if they could move Snider for another high ceiling arm or a more athletic outfielder, I don't see why they wouldn't do it.

You can say what you want about Anthopoulos' job so far, but I don't think you can say that he makes rash decisions.  He put the club in a situation of having three players for two jobs in the future, to me now it's a more a question of when he solves this, as opposed to if.

Thoughts on the 'Cone of Silence'

Under Anthopoulos, the Jays have been effective so far in shutting down a lot of rumours coming out their camp with regards to trades.

I understand that in a way that type of lock down was needed in the Roy Halladay deal, but it took hours before the Jays' player to be named later in the Brandon Morrow/Brandon League deal came out.

From a news reporting standpoint, this sort of silence makes life more difficult for members of the media – especially those with tight timelines. 

From a fans' standpoint though, I think I like it.

There have been a lot of general managers in a lot of sports that have talked a great deal about what they were doing or going to do and then didn't necessarily back that talk up.

Anthopoulos' approach makes Jays fans sit on the edges of their seats, as it almost seems like a trade could come at any point.

While this approach works well now, and as mentioned above I like it, I'm not really sure that it will hold water during the regular season, especially if the Jays are off to either a really good, or really poor one.

If the Jays are somehow in the middle of the race in July, the fans will be craving information as to who the club is looking to add. Conversely, and more realistically, if the Jays are well out of the race by then, the fans will want to know through unofficial channels that their GM is looking at adding pieces for the future.

If there's no information coming out and nothing gets done, it could give the impression that the people running the ship, were not paying attention – even if they were.

Frasor on the move?

On December 31, ESPN reported that the Jays and Cubs had spoken about relief pitcher Jason Frasor. There were no names mentioned with regards to what the Jays were seeking, but as effective as the 32-year old Chicago native was last season – 7-3 with a 2.50 ERA and 11 saves – the Jays are in a rebuilding mode and it only makes sense that they would at least listen to offers.

Travis Snider (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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