As the 2021 season approaches, we continue our look at all 30 MLB teams with the Toronto Blue Jays. And on this piece, we examine The State of the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Steven Matz Signing
The acquisition of Steven Matz from the New York Mets was an interesting move. Acquiring the left-hander provides the Blue Jays with even more depth than they’ve already acquired this offseason. Matz will likely find himself in the rotation for the Jays in 2021.
Marcus Semien Signing
The Blue Jays offseason was quite busy, and another move made was the signing of Marcus Semien. Semien is set to play second base for the Blue Birds in 2021. As Semien will be reentering the free-agent market following the 2021 campaign adding a little versatility to his resume will add to his value. With a young core for Toronto, a veteran like Semien could be exponentially valuable. And playing second base as opposed to shortstop should improve Semien’s defensive numbers as well.
Kirby Yates, David Phelps, & Tyler Chatwood Signing
The Toronto Blue Jays would load up this offseason. No team would be more active this offseason, and it showed with the signings of Tyler Chatwood, David Phelps, and Kirby Yates. Chatwood and Phelps have proven capable of handling multiple roles during the season. Having two arms capable of starting and reliving is crucial to the success of a team. Especially given that innings will be at an all-time premium, then you factor in one of the best closers in that game in Kirby Yates, and the Blue Jays bullpen could be dominant. Toronto is pushing forward their window of competing with all of these signings.
George Springer Signing
And that pushing forward of their window of competition was even more solidified with George Springer’s signing. Springer’s six-year $150 million deal was a great signing for George. But it was also a solid signing by Toronto as well. Springer is an excellent lead-off hitter who plays good defense and is also an outstanding base runner if you are looking for a good five-tool center fielder, George Springer more that fits that bill.
State of the Rotation
The Toronto Blue Jays rotation has a few recognizable names in it. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Robbie Ray, and the aforementioned Steven Matz are likely to make up four-fifths of the Blue Jays rotation. The fifth and final spot will be decided with a Spring Training battle. A battle headlined by top pitching prospect Nate Pearson. Toronto will be an interesting and competitive team in 2021. But they will have to get great seasons out of their key contributors to win the ultimate prize, the World Series.
State of the Bullpen
The Blue Jays bullpen has an interesting mix of veterans and youngsters. Kirby Yates and David Phelps’ signings will provide the Blue Jays with a solid back end of the bullpen. Outside of those two players, however, the rest of the bullpen is questionable, at best. The success of the Toronto Blue Jays will depend on the success of the pitching staff.
State of the Offense
For the Toronto Blue Jays to succeed in 2021, it will come on their offense’s success. The Blue Jays young core will make for a powerful and threatening club for a very long time. Blazing the way for the Jays’ are their second-generation stars Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. And add in the newest Blue Jays George Springer and Marcus Semien, and the Jays’ offense is deadly.
State of the Franchise
When it comes to the 2021 Toronto Blue Jays, they are among the most intriguing clubs to watch. Toronto has a dangerous offense, an underrated starting rotation, and one of the game’s best closers. Toronto will go through some growing pains. But they should find themselves in the hunt for postseason contention.