The Toronto Blue Jays are going to have a busy couple of months ahead of them if they plan on contending in 2018 as they still have a number of voids to solidify before Opening Day.
The Blue Jays brain trust appear content slow playing the market this time around after pulling the trigger too soon on free agent Kendrys Morales last offseason. This waiting game is a risky approach especially when the Blue Jays keep reiterating they want to compete in 2018.
The offseason tinkering has gone at a snail’s pace with the Jays only acquiring Aledyms Diaz thus far with the exception of a couple minor league signings for depth purposes. The Jays still need to decide if right field is going to be filled externally or internally. The internal options appear to be Teoscar Hernandez and Anthony Alford while externally the Jays have reportedly checked in on the likes of free agents Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Gonzalez and Jay Bruce.
Along with Diaz, the Jays could still benefit from adding another versatile middle infielder especially seeing neither Ryan Goins or Darwin Barney appear to be in the 2018 plans. The Jays could look internally at Gift Ngoepe and externally have been rumoured to be sniffing around Eduardo Nunez and Josh Harrison.
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The Jays need at least one more starter to add to the rotation otherwise we will be forced to endure an entire season of Joe Biagini. A decent addition to the rotation could really solidify an already solid rotation and allow for Biagini to return to the bullpen where he has enjoyed success.
Ironically the Jays haven’t really even made many minor league signings to fill their farm system ranks for the coming season. Deck Mcguire has been the most notable minor leaguer they have inked thus far.
The additions need to be completed before the Grapefruit League season commences in less than two months. At some point, the Jays will have to decide on when they will pounce on any prospective free agents especially seeing their not the only team laying in the weeds.
Ross Atkins and company have a busy few months ahead to get the ship steered back in the winning direction. Perhaps if any of you bump into one of them, you can remind them they have a baseball team to run and time is dwindling in the offseason.