A Ray of Hope
If you haven’t seen this video of Travis Snider winning the AA home run derby, I wouldn’t watch it now. Wait until the next time the Jays pitching staff allows two runs but loses and then watch it over and over until the shaking stops and you can get out of the fetal position.
My favorite part is Snider flipping the bat away after he hits his last one. Who does that in a minor league home run derby?? Probably the same who breaks a bat over his knee after he strikes out 4 days after being promoted to AA. Amazing!
Of course, Snider is still two years off and three years from being a potential shot in the arm to the Jays’ offense. He needs to get his strikeouts down but it otherwise as can’t-miss a big bat that the Jays have had since, umm…well, I guess Lind, but way, way ahead and with better pedigree.
So will Ricciardi take the risk of offering one of the crazy young stud long term contracts that seem to be in vogue lately (like Ryan Braun 45 mil for 8 years or the Rays’ now looking increasingly ridiculous 6 years of Evan Longoria for 17 mil) to Snider around or even before his expected 2010 arrival?
Now probably the current fortunes of recent long-term signings Lyle Overbay, Alex Rios and Aaron Hill (to say nothing of Vernon Wells) are enough to slow down management away from the concept forever, but with such a blue-chip prospect I like the idea of throwing an amount of cash at a very young hitter (deal lord not a pitcher) that seems like a ton but won’t really be that much even if he’s a bust for a couple years of arbitration or free agency down the road. With a swing like Snider’s, what’s 20 million bucks in this day and age? Hey, if he’s not worth it for the first half of the 2010’s, the team is doomed anyway…