Yesterday, the New York Mets acquired star participant Francisco Lindor. We knew Toronto was thinking about the shortstop, but it surely was all confirmed earlier right now: the workforce was a finalist in the race.
But OK, a few weeks ago, my colleague Charles-Alexis Brisebois mentioned that the Indians would have asked for some good players in return. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. would have been an enormous cog in a deal, which clearly did not occur contemplating the Indians want a fielder.
According to Andrew Simon, the Jays ought to have given up Gurriel Jr., Alejandro Kirk and Kevin Smith.
Besides, the Indians actually needed Yuli Gurriel’s youthful brother. The workforce are desperately on the lookout for an outfield and for example the 27-year-old is sort of one.
The Blue Jays are in all races this season and that is nice. It exhibits that the group is critical they usually need to win now.
As for the Cleveland Indians, they agreed to the Mets deal because it extra suited the workforce’s short-term wants. Anthony Castrovince doesn’t know the id of the gamers supplied by the Jays, however in accordance to him, they’ve supplied long-term prospects and never gamers who’re prepared to play in the league proper now.
Still in accordance to Castrovince, the workforce saved rather a lot of cash by buying and selling Lindor and Carrasco and that cash can be used to signal proficient gamers in 2021.
It stays to be seen whether or not the homeowners are going to need to spend, those that are recognized to be homeowners who don’t spend a lot.
How ought to Bo Bichette take this information?
Even if the transaction didn’t in the end happen, Jays shortstop Bo Bichette absolutely shouldn’t take the information with an enormous smile. Yes, he would have been comfortable that an excellent participant had been acquired by his bosses, however contemplating Lindor’s defensive play, Bichette’s place in his most well-liked place would have been removed from assured.
Even for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., his place in the third pad would have been compromised due to the domino impact.
No likelihood that Bichette would have been designated hitter and even much less Lindor. The solely choice would have been to put Vladdy on first base or as designated hitter, Biggio on third base (a place wherein he performed slightly final yr), Bichette on second base and Lindor on shortstop.
Bichette is aware of the Jays have been making an attempt to get their fingers on a shortstop since the begin of the offseason. It cannot be simple for him.
In brief, Montoyo would have had a number of choices at his disposal.