Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Shannon Stewart is out of work

Yet another former Jays outfielder is feeling the pinch of a tight job market. Shannon Stewart is not finding any takers for his particular skill set (i.e. slap hitting corner outfielder with a pop-gun arm).

Stewart has switched his representation in order rectify this situation, apparently after his former agents sought two-year deals for him, in spite of his reputation as a perpetually injured slap-hitting corner outfielder with...well, you get the picture.

The only teams that have been mentioned as possible destinations for the man with the hinky hamstrings are the Padres and the Mariners, but San Diego GM Kevin Towers has backed away prudently from these rumours, noting that his interest was "misconstrued". (But surely not "misremembered".)

We should expect a Marty York column on this terrible travesty any day now.

As an aside: A Google image search for Shannon Stewart? Way more interesting than we could have imagined. And definitely NSFW.

UPDATE, 1:31 PM...because our commenters are smarter than we are
As noted by commenter Clint, Stewart has told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that he's had a "firm offer" from the Blue Jays. The SP-I claims that the Rogers Centre turf (which is apparently made of concrete and glass shards) would seem to preclude such a deal.


Clint said...

According to rotoworld the Jays made an offer to Stewart, doesn't sound like he's interested. Where would the Jays put him? Are they down on Reed this spring?


Tao of Stieb said...

Duly noted in the original post...good catch.

And as for who we'd prefer between Reed and Stewart: We'd take our chances on Johnson. In Stewart's comeback season last year, he still didn't manage to post a slugging percentage above .400 (.392), while Johnson slugged .479 in his last healthy season.

(Which is all pretty random, but still.)

The Southpaw said...

I found the same looking for Shannon Stewart images... She can hit my cutoff man any day of the week!

Tao of Stieb said...

We've got a firm offer for her right here.

(Yeah, we went there.)