It happens every year — a player that was seen as a consistent performer and has previously been a mainstay on their team is now considered useless and is put aside midseason.
Zack Godley is just the latest pitcher to be designated for assignment this season. Even though the 29-year-old start is coming off of a 2.5 fWAR season and put up 3.4 fWAR in 2017, Godley has been atrocious for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.
A 6.39 ERA that ranks as the fourth-highest among all big-league pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched, essentially earned him the DFA and is the reason why he’s now a Toronto Blue Jay.
The torrential downfall to his production this season is why Toronto has been able to pick up a genuinely well-regarded talent in the very broad picture. He’s really just steps away from a successful season and has shown that he’s able to at least be a mid-rotation starter on a slightly successful team. Not the most exciting talent, but he was free.
That’s exactly why this claim is perfect — no repercussions if Godley continues his awful descent into baseball mediocrity. But if he is anything other than awful, the Blue Jays have …
Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation