Blue Jays news and notes from the morning of Thursday, November 7th, 2018, including notes on coaching and a former Blue Jay.
Goins Elects MiLB Free Agency
Former Blue Jay Ryan Goins has, according to MiLB.com, elected free agency. He’d previously been a member of the Philadelphia Phillies organization after a brief stint with the Kansas City Royals this season.
A stellar defender with an occasionally clutch bat, Goins slashed .226/.252/.313 in 115 at-bats with the Royals major league squad before being designated for assignment midseason. The 30-year-old infielder has logged over 450 total major league games.
Derek Shelton Stays with Twins
Former Blue Jays quality control coach Derek Shelton has, despite a rumoured involvement in the Twins’ managerial search, re-joined the team as their bench coach.
The native of Carbondale, Illinois formerly served as the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians from 2005 to 2009 and then spent six years in the Tampa Bay Rays organization as their hitting coach.
Happ Drawing Interest From Minnesota, New York
At this point, it is unknown just how much interest the Twins have in Happ, while the Yankees have been vocal in wanting to keep him on the team. Other teams that have been suggested, speculatively, as good fits for Happ include the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros.
Update on Josh Donaldson Rumours
According to Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun, Josh Donaldson has been linked to the New York Mets, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Atlanta Braves. While just preliminary rumours, Donaldson’s market seems to be one of the more unique ones heading into the offseason.