Jul 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) at bat against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Since the Blue Jays stole the show at the MLB non-waiver trade deadline, I’ve been asked countless times how sustainable this roster’s success is. Many Blue Jays fans cringed at the idea of giving up young, controllable and talented prospects for the likes of David Price, Troy Tulowitzki and Ben Revere. While the farm has been thinned, I remain confident that the Blue Jays have an 18-month comfort zone, at minimum, to rebuild their prospect pool without significantly altering their 25-man roster.
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The majority of the Blue Jays roster that is currently chasing down a playoff appearance will return in 2016, and the club possesses valuable team control well beyond that with many players. Toronto’s starting rotation may need to be addressed entering next season, preferably with David Price going from renting to buying, but the Jays remain strong positionally.
Top-end arms like Jeff Hoffman, Daniel Norris and Miguel Castro are out the door, but Alex Anthopoulos managed to hold onto Dalton Pompey and Anthony Alford. The two athletically gifted outfielders give the Blue Jays a high-ceiling option long-term, but also leave Anthopoulos with a legitimate trading chip should he ever need it. The cupboards aren’t empty here.
Ahead, we go through every player that has impacted the Blue Jays roster in 2015, and lay out their contract status going forward with the organization. Not every name will return, but I feel that many of you will be pleased with the remaining years of control that Toronto has on much of their talent.
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