At the beginning of the Toronto Blue Jays 2010 season the Blue Jays core was Vernon Wells, Adam Lind and Aaron Hill. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion were just happy to get chances to start on a big league team.

Adam Lind is now a shadow of his former self and his annoying contract has him as the Jays 1st basemen for at least 2013.
The Blue Jays have since traded Vernon Wells and Aaron Hill. Even if Vernon Wells could get back to being a decent player, it’s hard for any Jays fan to miss him with the financial burden his contract would put on the team.

That brings us to Aaron Hill.

Aaron Hill had always been a good player that got better every season for the Blue Jays since his big league debut in 2005. In 2009 he really broke out with a career high 36 homeruns and a career high 4.1 WAR according to fangraphs.

Hill didn’t exactly follow up his 2009 “breakout” with an encore performance. He didn’t even hit as well as he did before 2009. He just completely lost it and put up 2 WAR in 2010 and 2011 combined.

The Blue Jays had to get rid of him. Hill’s trade value was very low when the Jays traded him in August of 2011. The Blue Jays getting Kelly Johnson for Hill and John McDonald seemed like a great trade because Johnson was having a better season than Hill. Then again so was every other starting player in the big leagues.