Speaking of reunions, wouldn’t it be great if the Jays brought back a fan favorite in Randal Grichuk? As he’ll remember, he didn’t want to leave town, but unfortunately he was traded from the Colorado Rockies in early 2022 in favor of Raimel Tapia and prospect Adrien Pinto. At the time, the Jays already had an initial set of George Springer and Lourdes Guriel Jr. running back. and Tesoscar Hernandez, so having a new player like Grichuk on the bench seemed unfair and at the same time redundant on the Jays roster. So bringing in Tapia introduced a different element of speed to the Jays’ game.
After the trade, Grichuk had two decent seasons with the Rockies, which kind of mirrors his offensive production numbers he posted with the Jays in previous years. One might have expected his strength figures to be magnified on Coors Field by the effect on balls caused by his high elevation and semi-arid air; However, this was not the case. For 2023, his power numbers dropped further, as he hit only four homers and scored just 21 RBIs in 54 games, despite having a better average (. 294) than his career high (. 250).
But perhaps back in the right environment, Grichuk is expected to repeat his usual average of 20 home runs and 65 RBI, and for the Jays, that will be more than enough for the bench power hitter, who could also make his debut at The For the Ball Club. When called, he might platoon with Brandon Racing at DH point. One thing is for sure, at least he’ll have a better chance of making the playoffs again than he does now.
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