In my last blog, I tried to argue that the Jays had a certain development strategy forced on them their situation. With an old, increasingly unproductive, and expensive team (with contracts potentially weighing them down into the future), the Jays had little choice but to:
- Try to shed players and payroll (particularly when less expensive minor leaguers would be ready to play particular positions in a relatively short time, hence the ditching of Donaldson who was, without doubt, still a productive player).
- Pick up what prospects they could by trading players from their roster
- Or, bargain shopping for undervalued players and flipping them for the best prospects they could get