Sunday, February 24, 2008
Feels like 1999
Shannon Stewart is desperate for a big league gig, and evidently the Jays are willing to give him the chance, signing the veteran outfielder to a minor league deal. Stewart, a career .298 hitter is coming off a ho-hum season down in Oakland which saw him hit .290 with 12 HR's and 48 RBI's. He stole 11 bases but really doesn't posess the speed he once did. He really can't field anymore and I'd have a better chance of throwing someone out at home from left field then he would.
Here's the thing. Try to find a spot for him on the big league club come opening day with the way the roster currently looks. The Jays carried 12 pitchers last season, and for whatever reason will most likely again, which means they carry 13 position players. Outside of maybe Marco Scutaro and Matt Stairs he isn't going to take someone elses roster spot. I don't have a problem with this move, I just find it hard to imagine him making the club the way it's looking right now.