Blue Jay Players Trying To Recruit Santana And Other Spring Training Off-Day Thoughts.
Ken Rosenthal’s piece on Fox Sports about the latest on the Ervin Santana decision-to-be had an interesting little tidbit in it.
Turns out Sanatana’s buddies on the Jays sent a text to Santana, it had them holding a poster saying “Come to Toronto” on it. The Blue Jays have six Dominican players on their projected 25 man roster.
Jose Bautista also openly was campaigning for Santana telling Fox Sports Jon Paul Morosi on Saturday, “It’s not the same players: We’re missing Josh Johnson, who was supposed to be a big key to our rotation, One-fifth of your rotation shouldn’t be overlooked. That’s important. That’s why it’s so important that we add (Santana).”
The desire is there within the team to sign Santana, the fan base wants it to happen, now it’s up to Alex Anthopoulos and Rogers to make it happen.
As for the current roster, Sportsnet The Fan 590 host Jeff Blair said on his show this morning that he is under the impression in talking to John Gibbons that Drew Hutchison would have to pitch his way off of the team not to make it, so it sounds like we know who will be the Jays fifth starter is. Good for Hutch, he has pitched very well this spring and indeed deserves the spot in the rotation. It doesn’t hurt that the Jays have stated that Hutch doesn’t have any innings limit this season.
Ryan Goins went 0 for 4 in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Houston and is hitting .200 for the Spring, as much as his defence wowed people at the end of last season, it is now once again calling for the Jays to upgrade at second with Stephen Drew still available, and the longer Goins struggles to hit then the calls will get louder, how much the Jays can continue without an upgrade at second base is anyone’s guess, but chances of competing the AL East will be slim.