The Elephant in the Clubhouse
- Updated: December 28, 2012
It seems to me that Blue Jays fans have such a love for Alex Anthopoulos (myself included) that we don’t want to admit when a trade he made turned out poorly. Not many seemed to think at the time that trading for Colby Rasmus was going to turn out so poorly. He was still fairly young, and had had a decent year in 2010. We all thought the change in scenery would be good for him and he could continue to develop to what his once great potential as an elite centre-fielder. Fact of the matter is, he has not been getting better. In fact, sabermetrically, he is getting worse every year, and at 26 he can’t exactly be called a “promising young player” any more. The problem is, nobody is willing to admit his acquisition did not go as planned, as obvious as it seems when you take a sober second thought. He’s at the age where most players are entering their prime, but if his own history is any indication, he has as much promise to be elite this year as Juan Pierre. Some make the excuse that he way nagged by injuries, but it seems obvious that his problem is that he just doesn’t care whether he plays well (let alone any desire to be great, as indicated by last years admission that he didn’t pick up a bat for the entire off-season). With the complete turnaround in this years starting line-up and rotation, the name Colby Rasmus is the one name that doesn’t belong (at least Adam Lind had a strong finish last year, and Edwin can play first). It seems odd to me to have such a team filled with all-stars, yet we have statistically the worst centre-fielder in the division, and possibly the league.
Obviously it isn’t easy to find a replacement for Colby at this point, as most good centre-fielders belong to good teams, and we don’t exactly want to give anything more away than what we have this off-season. But maybe, that answer lies from within. I can’t imagine Anthony Gose not being a better player than Rasmus this coming year. His fielding, arm, and speed are all as good or better than Rasmus, and his on-base-percentage was better than Rasmus last year (Rasmus has more power than Gose). It is also fair to assume that Gose will get better than Rasmus at a faster rate based on two things; Gose being only 22 and Rasmus being 26, and Gose’s history of off-season practice (ei. Arizona Fall League), compared to Rasmus’ history of not practising all winter. Unless Colby had a severe performance hindering injury last year, or completely changes his outlook on the game, in my opinion, Gose will prove in spring training that the time is now for him to be the every day centre-fielder.