Is it just some crazy coincidence or is there something about players from the St.Louis Cardinals that really appeals to the Blue Jays?
This off-season alone the Blue Jays and Cardinals have come together to make two trades. In addition to the moves for Randal Grichuk and Aledmys Diaz, Toronto has also signed ex-Cardinals Jaime Garcia and Seung-hwan Oh.
It’s funny that these two front offices’ have been going about their business this winter almost as if the other 28 teams in the league don’t even exist. Maybe this is what happens when you find another GM you get along with and then work together in an effort to make fair deals for both clubs.
I don’t always like to hypothesize about these sort of things. But maybe because Ross Atkins and Cardinals GM Mike Girsch spent so much time on the phone together this off-season discussing a potential trade for Josh Donaldson, that the conversation naturally just shifted to players such as Diaz and Grichuk. Again, just a hypothesis.
Are all these recent moves by the Blue Jays to bring-in players who used to play for the Cardinals a sign that something much bigger is brewing? Perhaps something involving the 2015 American League MVP? The Blue Jays front office seems to have a much better understanding of players from the Cardinals than they do with other teams. And this may have something to do with how much resources Toronto poured into scouting St.Louis’ roster and farm system in an effort to get the very best return in a possible deal for Donaldson.
A mega-deal for Donaldson has obviously not happened yet between these two teams. In the meantime however, all that work scouting players with the Cardinals has probably led the Blue Jays to seeing untapped potential in Grichuk and Diaz. So much so that they felt the need to go out and get a deal done for them.