Bold Prediction #5
Blue Jays Don’t Trade Ken Giles
As is likely the case with Marcus Stroman, the Blue Jays probably aren’t going to trade closer Ken Giles unless they receive an acceptable, perhaps even remarkable, return. Though Giles, perpetually composed and reserved, hasn’t made as much noise as other relievers around the league, he’s easily been one of the most effective and dominant.
Still, it’s not hard to see the Blue Jays keeping him around, despite the oddity of a rebuilding team having a closer. While they might keep him not by choice, but rather by necessity and lack of choice, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Blue Jays fan who wouldn’t be thrilled to see Giles play another season in a Blue Jays uniform. In all likelihood, the Blue Jays will trade Ken Giles, but there are still some scenarios imaginable in which he is retained by the front office.
Bold Prediction #6
The Blue Jays will announce major renovations to Rogers Centre
It’s been a long time coming for Rogers Centre to get a facelift. My guess is that we will see that project take shape with announcements near the end of the season. With what will likely be another season of non-competitive baseball for the Blue Jays in 2020, the timing is right to take care of much-needed updating for the 30-year-old stadium.
Recent developments in Oxford properties 3.5 billion proposals for Rail Deck Park puts the timeline of renovations in line with what could be a grand restoration of the area surrounding Rogers Centre. Real grass may be a reach to be achieved, but an update to one of MLB’s oldest stadiums would be a welcome sight for Blue Jays fans.