When the Blue Jays signed Randal Grichuk to a five-year, $52 million contract extension in April, many were surprised by the parameters and length of the deal, which was considered to be wholly unnecessary to begin with. Granted, the team acquired him for almost nothing and slotted him in immediately upon his arrival.
Regardless, Grichuk didn’t have a particularly spectacular debut season in Toronto and didn’t appear to be a leading candidate for a major extension, especially given the sheer quantity of supporting outfielders that surrounded him this season.
Sure, he’d been productive (115 wRC+, 2.1 WAR, .803 OPS), but his peripheral numbers, mainly his career .293 OBP, don’t appear to be sustainable or attractive long-term, especially to an organization that claims to be as forward-thinking and analytically-driven as the Blue Jays.
At the time the contract was signed, there was one sure thing that Blue Jays fans could hang their hats on despite the numerous potential issues: the contract would tradeable due to its relatively sensible term and dollar amount.
Blue Jays radio host Scott MacArthur often reassured anxious callers that, should Grichuk’s value plummet or should he somehow become expendable, the front office could deal him without having …
Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation