The Blue Jays roster is far from set in stone at this point in the offseason, but if the season started today, who would make the team?
It’s been a long winter for Blue Jays fans, but fortunately the offseason is starting to near it’s completion. It’s been an interesting winter to be sure, with more notable departures (Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin, Yangervis Solarte, etc) than additions, at least so far.
The Jays have signed a few veterans like Freddy Galvis, Matt Shoemaker, David Phelps, and traded for Clayton Richard, but it will be an offseason that was defined by the transition phase more than who was brought in. That said, we still have a season to look forward to, and one that should have an awful lot of young talent to be excited about. Ross Atkins and the front office have been very careful about how many players they’ve brought in, thus limiting the opportunity of the young talents in their organization, and it’ll be a year of growth for several inexperienced players.
There are some veterans still hanging around too though, and it’s entirely possible that Atkins and company aren’t done their free agent shopping either. I wouldn’t expect them to be swimming in the deep end by any means, but they did bring in some late bullpen options like Tyler Clippard and John Axford last year, and I imagine they’ll look to do the same this month.
That said, the roster is more or less set up at this stage, save for a small tweak of two. A lot can happen between now and the end of March between spring competitions, injuries, and other players that might be brought in, but if the season started today, who would make the Blue Jays’ 25 man roster?
I’ll give it my best shot, and we can all have a laugh at my expense in less than two months.