Ricky Romero tweets: “I did NOT call out my teammates”

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I wrote this morning about Ricky Romero pointing to a lack of run support after last night’s loss dropped him to 6-7 despite a 2.98 ERA and this afternoon Romero tweeted that he wasn’t calling out the Blue Jays’ lineup:

Wanna clear up that I did NOT call out any of my teammates. Never been that guy. I go about my business and that’s it. I respect everyone on my team. And my team knows what I’m all about. Some people try and make something outta nothing. My team is my Family.

I guess I’m “some people” in that scenario and Romero’s postgame quotes certainly didn’t qualify as harsh criticism or fighting words, but at the very least he was clearly letting off some steam about repeatedly taking tough losses. Longtime columnist Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star wrote about Romero’s comments under the headline: “Frustrated Ricky Romero speaks out on Jays’ lack of offence.”

Romero is absolutely right about the lack of run support he’s received, but he’s wrong about Toronto’s lineup struggling in general and has now learned the hard way that there’s really nothing to gain by pointing out teammates’ struggles whether you intended to “call them out” or simply discuss facts. Sad but true.

Signed,

Some people

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.