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Blue Jays: Assembling the all-time team of biggest busts

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 22: Travis Snider #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 22: Travis Snider #45 of the Toronto Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 1: Jaime Garcia #57 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 1, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – JUNE 1: Jaime Garcia #57 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Comerica Park on June 1, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Every professional team in sports has made personnel moves they regret, and that’s just part of the game. Who are the biggest “busts” in Blue Jays history by position? Let’s have a look.

When you think of the word “bust” in professional sports, it usually pertains to draft picks. That’s certainly a fair way to look at things, but in my mind the word bust can pertain more than just a minor leaguer who was supposed to be a star.

We’ve watched it happen in Toronto many times over the years with draft picks who were supposed to pan out, but also with free agents who were supposed to push the Blue Jays from a pretender into a contender. It’s happened a few times more recently, but there are also several cases throughout the 41 year history of the team that have been forgotten, especially by the modern Blue Jay fan.

We saw the fruits of a recent example this past week, as the Blue Jays designated Jaime Garcia for assignment before the end of his first season with the team. While Garcia wasn’t expected be an ace by any means, I don’t think many people expected him to be healthy and dropped from the Blue Jays’ roster before the end of the year.

For every Roy Halladay, Carlos Delgado, or Josh Donaldson, there have been plenty of Garcia’s who haven’t lived up to expectations. If we were to break it down by position, who have been the biggest “busts” in Blue Jays history?

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