Blue Jays Mail Bag: Upton’s Release, Platooning In Left, Bautista’s Contract

Real baseball is finally here! But it didn’t arrive without a tough extra-inning opening day loss to the Orioles, and a late twist from the Blue Jays front office, which released Melvin Upton Jr. in order to keep Ryan Goins. Cue outrage!

Or, at the very least, cue one of the questions from my fourth installment of this homage to Richard Griffin’s old Blue Jays mailbags for the Toronto Star…

And if you have a Blue Jays question you’d like me to tackle for next week, be sure to send it to stoeten@gmail.com. Now on with the show…

Why are people so concerned with platoon LF defence and pinch running when Pompey can do both better than Upton?


You ask a good question, Todd. I tweeted on Sunday, after it was announced that the Blue Jays were letting go of Upton in favour of Ryan Goins, that those folks out there who are desperate to dislike this front office had suddenly become big fans of Melvin. That doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize that the move is a little confusing, it’s just… really? Keeping Melvin Upton is the hill you’re going to die on? Hoookay.