Toronto Blue Jays
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NEED TO: Realize they are running a professional team that is closer to contending than it has been in 20 years and use their billion dollar worth to take over this division. Like everyone else, I’ve become more and more frustrated with the laisse- faire attitude of the Blue Jays. Their needs are obvious. They need a bat (or two) and a starter. In that order.
Injuries to Brett Lawrie, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind have created all kinds of problems. The Blue Jays are running out several players who should be in AAA. How much longer are they going to wait to remedy this?
Until the aforementioned injured parties heal? The Blue Jays have slip from 6 games up to 4 games down in the AL East. How much more sliding will happen until then?
The Blue Jays have been linked to Martin Prado, Aaron Hill, Chase Headley, Adrian Beltre. All of these would help the lineup. The question is: What is the asking price. I say: Who cares! These players are owed a significant amount of money over the next year or so. The Blue Jays should just eat it. They COULD if they chose to. Apparently, they choose not to:
The other option is paying through prospects. Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey have been the names teams appear to start with. The Blue Jays can’t have it both ways. They can’t say they won’t take on more money and then not be willing to give up talent. Basically, they are saying they are not willing to do anything to improve. Nice.
The Blue Jays also need bullpen help. There is bound to be many deals available. Bullpen help can be had for relatively cheap. This doesn’t concern me. What does concern me is the rotation. Even if the Blue Jays add a bat or two and somehow make it to the playoffs, much like Baltimore, they need a true ace.
Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey are good, but not great! Marcus Stroman is electric, but by the end of the season, may be spent. Drew Hutchison may be out of gas by then too. If all of this is true, we know what will HAPPen, right? That’s right, J.A. Happ is the only other option. Yikes.
But, never fear Blue Jays fans: