After a disappointing 2013 season where Alex Anthopoulos brought in proven talent from two blockbuster trades, we will look at how the ex-Jays from each trade are faring with their respective teams.
Henderson Alvarez: He is probably performing to his abilities from all the prospects that were sent away. Alvarez was compared to King Felix, and he has been nothing short. He leads the majors in complete game shutouts with a 2.56 ERA and has been a key reason to Marlins success in the tough N.L. East.
Adeiny Hechavarria: He’s been the same player as when he left the Blue Jays — an excellent fielder and a below average hitter. Hitting .260, with no home run to go along with 14 RBI’s.
Jeff Mathis: Jeff was a main factor in Alex Anthopoulos pulling out of the Miami trade at one point. But he has been a below average hitter and a non-factor for the Marlins turnaround offensively. But he has been huge behind the plate, catching one of Alvarez’s complete games.
Yunel Escobar: Currently a Tampa Bay Ray, he is still the same player as he was with the Jays, a great fielder with below average bat.
Noah Syndergaard: Once considered as one of the Blue Jays top arms, he’s has yet to make his major league debut. Currently diagnosed with a sprained left shoulder, thus affecting his development. Expect him to make his debut at some point this year, when and if healthy.
Travis D’Arnaud: He was recently just sent down to the minors after struggling at the plate. He is considered to be the Mets future back stop. The organization is just hoping this is a little bump along his road.
John Buck: He is currently a Seattle Mariner, but is in a limited duty year, as the team’s second catcher.
Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino, Anthony DeSclafani and Wuilmer Becerra: These players are currently in the minor leagues, yet to make any impact with their big clubs. I am especially looking forward to Justin Nicolino’s debut, who was one of the big 3 the Blue Jays had in the minors with ex-Jay Noah Syndergaard and top prospect Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays.
As you could see not all players have come into their own as of yet, with most players still yet to make an debut in the majors. The only player in my perspective who has lived up or exceeded expectations is Henderson Alvarez.
With these trades, it did put a big dent, in the Blue Jays farm system. With the 2014 first year player draft re-stocking the system, the Jays have more players to look towards. Obviously things did not go according to their plan for the 2013 Blue Jays, and most of us would have admitted that we were the losers from both trades. But things are starting to look up for the Blue Jays this season with most prospects given away struggling. Therefore it’s still too early write off either trade.
What do you Blue Jays fan think? Is it too early or do you have your winners for both trades?