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Arizona Diamondbacks Exit Interview: Jon Jay

By TC Zencka
DENVER, CO - JUNE 8: Jon Jay #9 of the Arizona Diamondbacks walks into the batters box before a first inning plate appearance against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 8: Jon Jay #9 of the Arizona Diamondbacks walks into the batters box before a first inning plate appearance against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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This Season

Jay has been around the block a few times now, producing the same consistent play for the Cards, Padres, Cubs and Royals before coming to the Diamondbacks in a mid-season trade. Looking at his 2018 numbers, you’d say Jay was pretty close to the 2014 version of Jay, the version of Jay that we like – even if it does scrape the bottom of what “Jon Jay, starting OF” should be.

Unfortunately, that version of Jon Jay never made it to Arizona.

With the Royals: .307/.363/.374, 59 games, 104 wRC+
With the Diamondbacks: .235/.304.325, 84 games, 72 wRC+

The bad version of Jon Jay, with less than 99 wRC+, reared his ugly head twice in Jay’s 9-year career: that disastrous 2015 season, and 2018 with the Diamondbacks.

On the plus side, he was apparently stellar defensively?

Jon Jay. D. . Arizona Diamondbacks.

Next Season

Jay won’t find a starting gig next season, and he may not be targeted as a 4th outfielder. In all likelihood, Jay’s best case scenario is a major-league guarantee. He might not get it.

Worst case, this is the year he settles for a minor-league deal with an invite to big-league camp. That said, just about every team in the league would be interested in Jay at that rate.

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Jon Jay will be in someone’s big-league camp next spring with a shot at making the opening day roster. It would be a surprise to see him in camp with the Arizona Diamondbacks. It would not be a surprise to see him follow a very similar path the one he took in 2018: latch on with one of the bottom-feeders, show up to do his job like a pro, and wait for the deadline deal to a contender.

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