Vladimir Guerrero may have made his Jays debut by now had he practiced a little more patience. In eight games with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, he hit .303 (10-for-33) and drove in four runs.
Following a 4-for-5 performance, he deemed himself ready for a return to the majors and gave the Blue Jays an ultimatum that stipulated he either be called up or released.
With upcoming games against the National League (Milwaukee and Miami) and with no clear roster spot awaiting him, the Jays chose the latter and released the veteran slugger.
"He was getting better slowly," stated Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos via MLB.com. "Timing was better, more hard-hit balls, but [our staff] didn't necessarily feel that he was all the way there yet. They said he was a great worker, a great teammate, played hard, ran ground balls out, did all those things, everything you want."
"Maybe just timing, felt like he just needed a few more at-bats. He didn't agree, and that's fine. But the dialogue with his agent and everything has been outstanding, completely amicable."
Here are five reasons why the Jays might be better off without Guerrero.