Blue Jay: Where does the current roster stand in the long term plans?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays hugs teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 on his way back to the dugout after Bichette hit a solo home run in the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 20: Bo Bichette #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays hugs teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 on his way back to the dugout after Bichette hit a solo home run in the first inning of the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 22: Luis Rivera #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates the solo homerun of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27, to take a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 22: Luis Rivera #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates the solo homerun of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27, to take a 2-0 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Despite their 53-80 record this year, the Blue Jays’ rebuild is going pretty well so far, and there’s a nice core already starting to develop. The question is, who is considered to be in that “core” and where do the rest of the roster pieces fit long-term?

The first half of the 2019 season was pretty difficult as a Blue Jays’ fan, but I think most of us who stuck it out with this team are feeling a lot better about things lately.

That’s because of the arrival of a talented young core that is already producing at the highest level, and the future looks very bright in Toronto these days. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looked human for the first time in his professional career in the first half, but has been tearing the ball apart over the last month or so. Bo Bichette has broken records, and is leading the big leagues in hits since his debut. And they’re not the only two making an impact.

There’s a good chance that the Blue Jays might even have to speed up their rebuild a bit in order to keep up with the quickly thriving offensive talent, especially if this kind of production carries over into next year. Regardless, the front office has been looking at things through the lens of the big picture since last season, and the majority of their decisions are made with the long-term in mind.

With that said, there are a lot of players and positions on this team that are up in the air as far as the future is concerned, even if a few spots are all but cemented, like Bichette’s and Vlad Jr’s. For the rest of the team, how do they fit into the long-term plans in Toronto right now?

A lot can change as the Blue Jays continue their rebuild, but it’s worth having a look at how things stand right now, and what that might tell us about this upcoming winter, the 2020 season, and beyond.

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