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Stewart Signs

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Well, forget the pound of raw bacon…I’m ready to eat a whole ton of crow because not in a million years did I think that the rumours about Shannon Stewart were going to amount to anything. But according to Jeff Blair, Shannon has signed a minor-league contract with the Jays. God bless the weak free agent market.

Blair is off base about his numbers against righties, though- over his career Stewart is dead even against right and left-handed pitchers so if he makes the team, Johnson won’t. Which would surely lead to someone being moved. Anyway, take this signing as direct insurance/depth/competition for that side of the platoon in left field.

Assuming it’s coming on the cheap (because J.P. has repeatedly said the team has no more money), you have to like this signing. Stewart was a long-time Jay that we traded (for Bobby Kielty-Ted Lilly) because the team wasn’t going to be able to resign him. He was honestly shocked and sad to leave the team and then a bunch of idiot Jays fans booed him on his return. Although he has a noodle arm, Stewart can still get on base and hit .300. And the Jays have absolutely nobody in the high minors who could contribute or step in a pinch otherwise.

P.S. I was going to include a more current action shot, but a google search of images provides some much more interesting but somewhat less applicable images of Shannon Stewart…Yowza!

Written by halejon

February 24, 2008 at 9:56 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. I really love this signing. Stewart proved he could still compete last year and I’ve always loved how he plays the game. Some pop, good handling of the bat and the guy can still run…

    Career averages: .298/.362/.434, 107 OPS+

    Can wait to get to Florida and see that competition in the outfield.

    Dave Rouleau

    February 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm

  2. what teams would be on the lookout for a guy like Reeder. if there was no market for Stewart to get a major league deal, i don’t know of any team that would be jumping to trade for a guy who’s signed for almost 4 million… this is certainly a headscratcher of a move, but i’m curious to see how it plays out… in any event, google image search of stewart is hilarious..

    Robbie Alomar

    February 24, 2008 at 7:22 pm

  3. It’s an asset, at least. Someone will get hurt by the end of camp. A team will be looking for an OF. Maybe the Jays can parlay it into something. I’d imagine that has a lot to do with it. As much as I like Stewart, this has got to completely be Reed’s job to lose.

    stoeten

    February 25, 2008 at 4:40 am

  4. Well, we do learn again… never listen to anything JP says.

    A few days ago he said that there wasn’t even an offer. Good depth signing IMO. He’s better than Reed.

    JaysCountry.ca

    February 25, 2008 at 12:28 pm

  5. I thought he’d confirmed that there was an offer weeks ago, but nothing on the table at the moment.
    Or, maybe this signing is to make Syracuse think we care. I mean really, what’s our outfield situation at AAA besides Lind?

    Torgen

    February 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm

  6. I think Syracuse would actually have a bit of a logjam situation in the outfield if Stewart were to actually end up there (I assume he signed the minor-league deal because he needs a place to work and play and have teams watch and that if he doesn’t make the Jays, he’ll go elsewhere). Ryan Patterson, Adam Lind, David Smith, Aaron Matthews, Buck Coats, and Wayne Lydon, as well as Matt Watson, all figure to be in the picture in the Syracuse outfield. Not that any of those guys besides Lind really look to do much in the majors, but Smith and Matthews could make solid MLB fourth-outfielders, Coats provides some outfield depth this season, and Patterson is still worth plenty of playing time.

    hugo

    February 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm

  7. by the way, I apologize for hijacking the thread, but in case anyone is interested, we have an exclusive interview with Casey Janssen up at Bluebird Banter. One of our writers got the chance to interview Tek at Spring Training on Saturday amidst the biblical torrent

    hugo

    February 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

  8. Yah, I doubt Stew will actually end up in the minors…he wouldn’t even make the 1.5. That would be nice, though. I think this move is just because nobody really knows what Reed is going to bring next year and there’s nobody else in the system if he’s a ghost of his old (well, one year really) self. Hate to have to make a call like this in spring training, though.

    halejon

    February 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm

  9. Reed’s defense will keep him in Toronto. Will the Jays really want to have LF covered in a tight game by Stairs or Stewart?

    Oh God, that just gave me flashbacks to the Canseco/Green/Phillips outfield used in a few games in 1998…

    Chris

    February 25, 2008 at 7:46 pm

  10. Hey, Stew is a really just good LF…just the noodle arm might mean they have to cut the ball off twice on the way home between him and Eck.

    halejon

    February 25, 2008 at 8:35 pm


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