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!