BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 02: Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays takes a moment to himself prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 2, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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It appears that the offseason trade rumblings weighed on the minds of a few Toronto Blue Jays players including Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The brain trust was very active in their quest to improve the roster which prompted the trade winds.
Gurriel Jr. addressed the media in regards to the constant trade speculation admitting it “wasn’t easy”. The outfielder opted to rather focus on himself and his training regime rather than dwelling on things out of his control.
The 27-year old was often rumoured as the trade bait in the pursuit of starting pitching as he would garner a more fruitful return than that of Randal Grichuk or others. Gurriel is also on a team friendly contract which makes him appealing to opposing General Managers. The native of Cuba is not eligible for free agency until 2025 and will earn a modest $3,928,571 million in 2021.
Lourdes Gurriel admits hearing his name in trade talks “wasn’t easy” but he got in the gym — again — and focused on himself.
He’s up to about 215 pounds now and looks jacked.