Blue Jays Unlikely To Pursue Starling Marte, Shogo Akiyama
Center field is a question mark for the Blue Jays, as Randal Grichuk, Teoscar Hernandez, and Derek Fisher are altogether flawed cautious choices while any semblance of Anthony Alford or Jonathan Davis are inadequate in MLB experience. There has been some hypothesis that the Jays could hope to overhaul the position, however an outstanding obtaining like Starling Marte or Shogo Akiyama isn’t likely, as The Toronto Star’s Gregor Chisholm gets notification from sources inside and outside the Blue Jays association that Marte and Akiyama are “not seen as a potential arrangement.”
Marte was maybe a more drawn out shot, as a Jays group that didn’t have plans to fight in 2020 didn’t appear to be a perfect suitor for a player just leveled out (by means of a club choice) through the 2021 season. An entirely remarkable connection between the Jays and Pirates developed, notwithstanding, when Blue Jays senior VP of baseball activities Ben Cherington enlisted as Pittsburgh’s new broad manager. There has been expanding buzz about the plausibility of a Marte exchange as a feature of a more extensive Bucs reconstruct process this winter, as Pirates proprietor Robert Nutting said that Cherington had free rule to bargain any player on the list that he wanted to be moved.
GM Ross Atkins said half a month back, notwithstanding, that the Jays had some enthusiasm for Akiyama, just as two Japanese players accessible through the posting framework — Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Ryosuke Kikuchi. Unlike Tsutsugo or Kikuchi, Akiyama is liberated to be marked with no extra posting expense, and has just gotten some level of enthusiasm from clubs like the Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, and Cubs.
In the course of the last five seasons with the Saitama Seibu Lions, Akiyama hit .320/.398/.497 with 94 homers and 78 takes, showing the sort of balanced range of abilities that hypothetically would’ve helped a Toronto club that attempted to either take bases or arrive at base all in all in 2019. MLBTR anticipated Akiyama to arrive an unassuming two-year, $6MM bargain on the open market, so he wouldn’t have been a costly buy for the Jays.
So, Akiyama additionally turns 32 in April, and is recuperating from a messed up bone in his foot endured in a late October game. Given the damage concern and the unrealisticness that Akiyama would be a long haul answer, the Blue Jays may just like to perceive what they have with their inward competitors before considering other focus fielders. As Atkins as of late expressed, the group will investigate position player acquisitions “dependent on the chance to include, the expense to include that player and figure out what that implies as far as penance for playing time. It’s too difficult to even think about saying precisely how we’ll weigh that. It relies upon the position we’re gaining, which player is falling off or losing playing time.”