I_Like_Dirt wrote:dagger wrote:It would be great if Alford lives us the potential he is thought to have. In my view, rebuilding is a cycle in which teams tend to move from breakup talent - the vets who used to make the team good - to placeholders and then on to keepers. The breakup talent should be gone by the end of the season if not sooner (Morales, Smoak, Pillar). A lot of the young guys on the roster now are placeholders, and you hope maybe one of them becomes a keeper, but they are long shots. Now Alford looks like a potential keeper. With Vlad and Bo, we'd have three keepers in place by next season, and that would seem like a likely time when the cycle truly starts gaining a bit of altitude.
I think Jansen has the potential to be a keeper, too, but time will tell.
Yes, I agree, although the Jays are deep in C prospects, so I can't discount another guy coming up who becomes the real keeper, in whic case Jansen could become excellent trade bait.