The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to acquire San Diego Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia from the San Diego Padres, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Why would the Jays be interested? The Blue Jays current outfielders are Melky Cabrera, Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista. Chris Denorfia rumors clearly beg the question – who are they Jays willing to give up? It has to be Colby Rasmus, right? Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera are having extraordinary seasons; Colby Rasmus on the other hand, is not playing as well as his fellow outfielders.
After a relatively long stint on the disabled list this season, Rasmus has played 62 games with 214 at bats, 75 strikeouts, 48 hits, 13 homeruns and a batting average of .224. But, is this really the position the Jays should be focusing on? Do they really need an outfielder? Anthony Gose could be an easy replacement, couldn’t he? He is strong fielder, can bunt like Rasmus, hits at the bottom of the order and has Rajai Davis like speed. Why aren’t the Jays more concerned about pitching? Or a solid second baseman?
Nonetheless, Chris Denorfia may not be having a great season, but over the past four seasons he has played with the Padres, he has averaged a .280 batting average, but has only played an average of 121 games per season. The aspect that makes him more appealing than Colby is that Chris can hit against left-handed pitching. He is also seven years older than Rasmus, having just celebrated his 34th birthday, so who knows how much more time he’ll spend in the big leagues.
I understand that the Jays are currently in a slump but I don’t think Chris Denorfia is the solution. The Jays need to get Encarncion, Lawrie and Lind healthy again, and they need to sign an ace. At this point, even if the bats get hot again and the Jays make it into the post-season, the pitching is not strong enough to carry them through.