This season, John Buck was afforded a fresh start in Toronto and churned out his best offensive season to date. The 30-year-old catcher hit .281/.314/.489 with 20 homers in 118 games. After being non-tendered by the Royals in 2009, Buck made his first All-Star team in 2010. All in all, a solid year for a guy making $2MM on a one year deal.
However, with J.P Arencibia waiting in the wings, some have wondered if there's room for Buck on the Blue Jays in 2011. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said that while he will explore bringing back Buck, the veteran backstop has earned a long-term contract and a starting job. The question is: Will Buck get that opportunity in Toronto? Arencibia had a stellar year in Triple-A, posting a slash line of .301/.359/.626 with 32 homers in 104 games. With numbers like those, one has to wonder if the 24-year-old's learning curve will be steep enough to justify retaining a player who is six years his senior.
Will the Blue Jays re-sign Buck?