San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 6, 2013
Naturally, everybody was outraged. And when I say 'everybody', I mean that of all the tweets I saw about the move, none of them were even close to being okay with it. None of them. Here's a sampling:
Why demote Blanks? That makes no sense. Does Amarista have options?— Gwynning (@sdsuaztec4) June 6, 2013
Sam also tweeted that Kyle Blanks leads the team in wOBA and wRC+, adding some no-no swear words.
Blanks going back down to the minors over Guzman?! WHAT?!?!! Seriously Budbot? Seriously?! #Seriously— Tony Losoya (@Tony_Losoya) June 6, 2013
Sorry Kyle, but when it came down to it, we really needed to hold onto a 37-year-old pinch hitter that's barely clinging to his career.— Cornfed Friar (@CornfedFriar) June 6, 2013
Don't like seeing #Padres send Kyle Blanks to Triple-A. Was looking comfortable. At his age, every MLB at-bat is precious.— Tom Krasovic (@UTkrasovic) June 6, 2013
The consensus is that Blanks should have stayed. The only quibble anybody had was who should have gone in his place. Personally, I'd take him over Kotsay or Guzman any day, even if it meant cutting them loose for good. But I'm not a GM so what the hell do I know?
Editor's Note (6/6/2013 2:50 PM PT): The Padres have changed course and sent Yonder Alonso to the DL instead of demoting Kyle Blanks. Cameron Maybin will still come off the DL.
#Padres officially reinstate OF Cameron Maybin from DL, put 1B Yonder Alonso on 15-DL w/ r. hand contusion. Kyle Blanks will be in Denver.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 6, 2013