Jul 13, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos during batting practice before their game against the Cleveland Indians at the Rogers Centre. The Indians beat the Blue Jays 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Can Blue Jays Repeat As Offseason Champions

After reading the title of this post I know you’re thinking is this some sort of joke.

Well yes its half mocking the Jays and half sincere, just wanted to get that out of the way.

It’s officially the offseason so sooner rather than later we’re going to see players join new teams by way of trade or free agency or posting fee.

The team that does the best job of this is usually declared the offseason champions by the media and fans.

Last offseason the Blue Jays had one heck of an offseason adding the last 2 NL batting champions, 2 ace pitchers, a mid rotation starter that’s good for 200 innings a year and a couple of quality utility players.

So they were declared the offseason champions but so were the 2012 Marlins, 2012 Angels and the 2011 Red Sox and they also all missed the playoffs.

So winning the offseason really doesn’t guarantee anything.

Although I’m sure no Jays fans going to complain if the Jays can add some star players.

But unlike last year the Jays don’t have as much payroll flexibility or prospect capital to trade.

If there’s something that’s preventing the Jays from repeating as offseason champs is that they don’t use free agency. And unlike last year there’s a lot of big name free agents this offseason. So there’s a much better chance that a team that has no problem spending big on free agency is going to win this offseason.

But just like last offseason the Jays head into it after almost losing 90 games with the fan base wondering what in the world there going to do.

Only this time if they try to fix it with big splashes it won’t be as surprising.

If the Jays can get better without big splashes that’ll be great. It’s better to win in the regular season than the offseason anyways.

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  • david s

    Getting Seitzer is a step in the right direction (hopefully).

    Now all we need is two power pitchers. A healthy Josh Johnson could be one. The real entertainment will be AA’s choice for the fifth pitcher. Happ, etc., just will not do if you want to contend.

    Next, who will be the decision for second base…Goins, or ?.

    Next, the catcher… a Cuban exile, Angel cast-offs, a AAA candidate… who knows.

    Finally, we need a curse lifter… someone who will take the injury gremlin off the team’s back. Perhaps the new trainer will help. I say copy what the Red Sox did to reduce their injuries.

    Perhaps a rabbi, priest, or shaman would take the injury curse away. Whatever it is, do it soon Alex, do it soon.

  • Bob Loblaw

    I think a winning offseason for the Jays would be addressing the needs without killing their ability to trade at the deadline. Someone will go down, there will be a need.

    I’m not sure if they will be able to resign JJ and bring in another reliable starter to stabilize the rotation, but if they do, I would have thought that Happ had some value, especially considering his salary and the market for starters. Did the head/leg injury give him some risk, even though it wasn’t pitching related? Thoughts?