Two whole days with no games, and I'll be honest. I went a little squirrelly. I've had a couple days to digest the All-Star Game, and all we saw (which wasn't much from the American League). And I've processed some of the All-Star envy I developed. It kinda sucked that my favourite team only had one guy there.
I'm a Toronto Blue Jays fan. For some very quick context, when news spread last Thursday that Reggie Jackson doesn't see Kirby Puckett as a Hall of Famer, I kind of agreed. Puckett may have been a wonderful baseball player, but to me he'll always be the monster that broke my nine year-old heart in during the 1991 ALCS.
And monsters have no place in the Hall.
But I digress. Back to the topic at hand.
As you may have heard, the Blue Jays have some injury woes in their starting rotation. Even before the Jays lost Brendan Morrow, Drew Hutchison, and Kyle Drabek to injury, the Jays had Jesse Litsch and Dustin McGowan on the "forever days" DL, and had banished 2010 wins leader Brett Cecil to the minors. Despite the pitching staff taking up residence at an un-used wing at St. Michael's Hospital, the Jays are within striking distance of a Wild Card berth, and playing better-than .500 ball. Wouldn't some of those All-Star pitchers look good in Blue Jay blue?
Heck, wouldn't any of the All-Stars?
Lost in my thoughts, and daydreaming, I started thinking about David Wright playing for the Jays. Of course, they're set at third base with Brett Lawrie there. He's been better defensively than we fans thought he'd be, and he's quickly becoming a very dangerous leadoff hitter.
But the beauty of the American League is the designated hitter spot. David Wright's found his swing again, in a big way. Now, it probably doesn't make sense for the Mets to trade Wright, but I think he's a great target for a Blue Jays team that, despite scoring the third-most runs in the American League, has a pretty spotty offense.
There's Lawrie, who's been very good since moving to the leadoff spot. There's Colby Rasmus, who's been killing the opposition since moving into the second spot. Jose Bautista in the third spot needs no explanation, and Edwin Encarnacion batting cleanup is real nice too. But after that, there's... Yunel Escobar, batting like a shell of the Escobar we saw in 2011. And... Kelly Johnson, who leads all AL second-baggers in strikeouts. And... Adam Lind, who was dispatched to AAA Las Vegas earlier in the year (maybe because he was out of shape, maybe because his bats are scared of curveballs). Oh but what about... JP Arencibia! That guy hit, like, 20 homers last season! Yeah, he did, and he's on pace to do it again. But 20 homers doesn't make up for a .261 On Base Percentage. Lastly, Rajai Davis, who's actually been quite good but doesn't strike fear into anyone.
So here's what I'm thinking. The Jays send Escobar, Lind, and maybe a promising-ish prospect to the Mets for Wright and maybe a bad contract.
Escobar projects well as a third basemen, and more than has the arm for it. He won't hit for quite the power you'd hope for in a traditional power spot, but Escobar seems to be at his best when he's recently joined a club. His first years in both Atlanta and Toronto were superlative, and a new uniform just might be the key to getting him back into top form again.
Lind seems like a random inclusion, if you're unfamiliar with the player, because Ike Davis has been very good for the Mets at first base this season and you can't create a platoon with two left-handed batters. However, Lind converted before the 2011 season to first from left field, and right now the Mets could use just about all the outfield help they can get. He also becomes a respectable back-up option at first base.
The Jays get Wright, who's having an MVP season (conveniently just in time for his club option to come due). Sure, if I'm the Mets, I probably laugh a whole lot before I slam the phone down on this offer, but hey-- it's my daydream.
You may be wondering why the Jays would go for a bat instead of some pitchers to restock their rotation. Simple. The phrase "he can't pitch in the AL East." The Yankees have baseball's best record with a pretty underwhelming rotation. All five AL East teams are above .500 entering the second half, with such luminaries as Jake Arrieta, Felix Doubront and Henderson Alvarez all taking a regular turn. "He can't pitch in the AL East"? Turns out just about anyone can with enough run support.
After all, if there's an arms race, the best way to win it is with more firepower.