While Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has quietly done his job, and done it spectacularly, that doesn’t mean he is thrilled to have missed out on the majors this year when the Blue Jays opted against calling him up. Word is, he could still file a grievance, depending on what happens.
Guerrero — the Blue Jays' top prospect — was the consensus minor league Player of the Year after batting .381 across four different levels, with a .437 OBP and 1.073 OPS. He appears to be a surefire superstar by all accounts.
The belief is that Guerrero won’t be called up immediately next year, either. Some teams like to wait until 15 days into the season to delay their eligibility for free agency for a year (though they never admit that is the reason), though it isn’t known whether this is a motivation for the Jays and is very difficult to prove.
The Jays are expected to go younger, so their chances to contend next year may not be great anyway. There are current grievances pending by Kris Bryant and Maikel Franco for delayed call ups, and it became clear in a piece in this space a few weeks back that Eloy Jimenez’s agents are considering one, as well, as we wrote here.
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