The acquisitions of Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson may be a signal that the Blue Jays are doing more than looking to upgrade their position players; we might just be seeing the start of a wholesale change in organization approach and philosophy: power is out, durability and defense is in.
At times over the last few seasons it’s looked as though the Jays were primarily invested in offense, even at the expense of other aspects of the game, and nowhere was this more obvious than at the position addressed by the recent big-ticket signing of Martin. Two years ago the team went all-in for big power over defense by turning to J.P. Arencibia as their long-term solution behind the plate. He lost that job by the end of the 2013 season but it was more his problems with hitting than his weaknesses as a defender which lead to that decision. Witness his replacement in Dioner Navarro: an improvement defensively over Arencibia but it was his offensive numbers with the Cubs that seemed to catch the eye of Alex Anthopoulos.
But now it’s Martin. His career offensive numbers (.259/.354/.399) are better than Navarro’s (.255/.313/.375) but not by that much and there’s nobody in or out of the organization claiming that’s why he was brought on board. From the moment it was announced that Martin was coming back to Canada all [...] Guest, please register or login to view the rest of this article.