Veteran catcher Russell Martin is no longer a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, but the native of Canada had some thoughts on Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who made his MLB debut on Friday, when asked about his delayed promotion.
#Dodgers report: Russell Martin, Canadian and ex-Blue Jay, on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.: “If somebody is good enough to play, they should play." Plus updates on Martin, Hill, Cingrani. https://t.co/3kMZsGzD75— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) April 27, 2019
"They can say whatever they want," Martin said, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. "They try to make smart decisions. Whether they want to admit it or not, it is a business move, right? Whether we criticize it or not, they have a purpose to what they do."
Toronto has continued to deny they manipulated Guerrero's service time by waiting to promote him now instead of having him make the team out of spring training. He'll now be under club control through the 2025 campaign instead of 2024.
They can shout that from the rooftops, but Martin and everyone else isn't buying it.
"They’re trying to find the time where they’re going to have the best window," Martin said. "That’s just what it is."
Even though Martin hates the practice and thinks players should get called up when they are ready, he totally understands why they do it.
"If somebody is good enough to play, they should play," Martin said. "The business side gets in the way of that sometimes."
MLB players can talk about what's happened in free agency the last couple of offseasons, but this is one rule they need reversed in the next CBA. It's getting tired seeing teams hold back some of the most talented players in the minor leagues because of service time rules.