When Kendrys Morales was dealt yesterday, it was reported that Anthony Alford would be coming up to join the 25-man roster. Instead, when the roster was officially announced today, it was Rowdy Tellez filling in Kendrys Morales’ spot.
Adding confusion to the whole thing is that Anthony Alford is currently with the team in Toronto. He posted about it on Twitter and people like Jeff Blair were congratulating him on cracking the roster.
Ross Atkins commented earlier this morning about the confusion, but was incredibly vague about the reasoning…
To clarify Anthony Alford being in Toronto but not on the roster: the #BlueJays wanted to be covered for a few different roster outcomes, including it the trade hadn’t gone through, etc.
Clearly they landed on an option that didn’t include Alford (for now).
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) March 28, 2019
A few different roster outcomes? What does that mean? Was there somebody dealing with a nagging injury that was a game-time decision today? Or is this an indication that something bigger was about to go down? Rob Fai, who covers Toronto’s Rookie League affiliate in Vancouver, had a particularity ominous comment on the Tellez and Alford confusion…
This makes me wonder if the Jays were working on a trade. Given that Alford plays centre field, my guess is that this hypothetical trade would have involved Kevin Pillar. Had the Jays pulled the trigger on such a deal, Alford immediately could have been ready to fill in for Pillar in the outfield.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m looking too far into it.
There’s a very good chance Alford is just sticking around with the club because the Buffalo Bisons season doesn’t begin until next Thursday and this is better than just having him kick around the minor league facility in Dunedin. Also, eight of the first 10 pitchers Toronto will face are right-handed, so that could be why they wanted Rowdy’s bat in the lineup off the hop. Maybe he’ll have a chance to get his 2019 season off to a hot start before Alford eventually joins the roster.