Greetings from London, where I am writing this GameThread at 9:30pm instead of 1:30pm like I normally do. It’s weird.
Since it’s a new day, we have some new Donaldson drama.
.@JonHeyman reported today that the #BlueJays made Josh Donaldson an offer for more than three years, $75M. Donaldson’s agent, Dan Lozano said in a statement the Jays never extended an offer to Donaldson, and that no years or dollars were ever specifically discussed.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 6, 2018
Here is Lozano’s statement in full:
In statement, Dan Lozano, Josh Donaldson’s agent, refutes Jon Heyman report of #BlueJays offer to JD, saying “the team never extended an offer to Josh, no years or dollars were ever specifically discussed.” pic.twitter.com/DhcQYQrQuf— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) September 6, 2018
Steve Phillips is backing Lozano’s claim:
The #BlueJays never made a contract extension offer to @BringerOfRain20. As I reported last January, during discussions about his arbitration settlement with the club it became clear that there was no starting point in extension talks. Age and term were the obstacles for Jays.— Steve Phillips (@StevePhillipsGM) September 6, 2018
Jon Heyman is also reporting that the Blue Jays and Gibbons are 99.9% likely to part ways after this season. Didn’t we find this out a while ago?
And then there’s this.
When Reese McGuire takes the field in about an hour, he'll become the 61st player used by the #BlueJays this year, setting a new franchise record— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) September 6, 2018
Here are tonight’s lineups. Donaldson is back on the DL so he won’t be playing, but EE is batting fourth. On the Jays side, Reese McGuire is making his MLB debut at catcher, batting 8th and Rowdy Tellez will get his first MLB start at 1st base.
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Billy McKinney - RF|
|Jason Kipnis - 2B||Devon Travis - 2B|
|Jose Ramirez - 3B||Lourdes Gurriel - SS|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Yonder Alonso - 1B||Kevin Pillar - CF|
|Melky Cabrera - RF||Rowdy Tellez - 1B|
|Yan Gomes - C||Teoscar Hernandez - LF|
|Greg Allen - CF||Reese McGuire - C|
|Brandon Guyer - LF||Aledmys Diaz - 3B|
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