One thing we as Blue Jays fans have become accustomed to over the past year-and-a-bit is the Cleveland Crew trading away players from the 2015 and 2016 glory days. That isn’t a shot at them or anything. The inevitability with that core getting older was making the difficult decisions to move on.
The front office controversially decided not to re-sign Edwin Encarnacion and it resulted in the draft pick that they used on Nate Pearson. They hung on to Josh Donaldson longer than they probably should have and that resulted in the team getting a very underwhelming return for the former MVP last August. Since then, we’ve also seen Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki, and Kevin Pillar sent packing, mostly to open up spots for younger players.
The only players left from the pre-Shapiro and Atkins era are Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, and Justin Smoak. I guess Devon Travis and Dalton Pompey are still here, in spirit. But, really, those three are the key names who haven’t yet been sold for prospects or jettisoned to open up space for prospects.
According to Ken Rosenthal, they might not be around much longer…
“It’s going to be really interesting to watch …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation