Hey JP, it’s me, one of those “haters” you like to refer to. To start things off, I’d just like to get it out there that I don’t hate you. I actually find many of your tweets quite humourous and I also greatly appreciate your involvement with the community doing charity work.
As for your abilities as a baseball player, I think you are a good player who has a lot of value, as do most of the fans you label “haters”. The reason we are bringing you up in trade rumors is that we think that you have enough valuable to fill another position of need. You like to deal from a position of strength and Catcher is strength on this team. Given John Buck’s contract and Travis d’Arnauds top prospect status, we feel that you can get the most value to help out the Blue Jays in a trade. It is no slight to you that we believe in Travis d’Arnaud, all the things that we hear say and influence our thoughts and opinions. Despite knowing that there is no such thing as a sure-fire prospect, we believe in his ability. It is not that we don’t believe in yours, but we just feel that he can be a rare talent. Once again, this is not meant as a slight, you are a talented and will have a long career.
As I said, it just boils down to the fact that we think you can greatly help this team, just maybe as a part of an equation to add a piece. No matter what happens, trade or not, we will support you and we will believe. I would also like to apologize for those who have been tweeting you asinine comments. You don’t truly deserve that. Twitter searching your own name though will lead to fan concocted rumors. These are just fans looking at ways to improve the team, they aren’t out there to insult you or push you off the ship. As fans, this is what we do, we speculate and look at ways to improve the team. If you are traded, I can guarantee that we will be sad, even if we really like what we get in return, because we do appreciate the players who come to the Jays and have a great attitude and work hard. It really is nothing personal JP.
It’s going to be a good year.
Jays fans who speculate.