Blue Jays top picks just not working out

Jays pitcher Brad Mills was recalled to work long relief while Deck McGuire was designated for...

Jays pitcher Brad Mills was recalled to work long relief while Deck McGuire was designated for assignment. (QMI AGENCY FILES)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

Welcome back, Brad Mills.

Farewell, Deck McGuire.

McGuire might re-surface as Edwin Encarnacion did.

Or he might bounce back a la Jose Bautista, who was tossed around like a hot potato in 2004 as Rule V draftee (five teams in 196 days).

Or he could be traded, or placed on waivers and return to triple-A Buffalo.

What does it say when a former No. 1 pick (McGuire, the Jays first pick in 2010) is designated for assignment on Thursday and another No. 1 (Chad Jenkins in 2009), is demoted on Friday, to make room for Mills, who will be the Jays’ new long man?

We’re not really sure, but isn’t real good when you bump two former No. 1 picks are bumped for someone who comes on when you’re losing 6-1 in the third inning.

The first time we tried to talk to McGuire was draft day 2010. The Blue Jays were in Atlanta. We phoned the Georgia Tech sports information officer at the NCAA regional in Atlanta.

“Hold on a second,” the baseball SID said.


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