The moves made by the Toronto Blue Jays front office this offseason did not go unnoticed and the young core is poised to reciprocate on the confidence bestowed upon them.
Although the Blue Jays finished the 2019 campaign with a disappointing 67-95 record and planted firmly in fourth place in the American League East. However, regardless of the record, the team showed glimpses of the immediate future versus a very tough second-half schedule.
The brain trust approached the offseason with a clear game plan to shore up the starting rotation. The Jays not only pitching depth but they also added an ace when they inked Hyun-Jin Ryu to a four-year, $80 million dollar pact.
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As spring training nears, the team boasts new faces like Chase Anderson, Tanner Roark, Shun Yamaguchi, Travis Shaw, Anthony Bass to go along with Ryu who were all welcomed into the fold this offseason.
"“It’s really cool to see the front office realize what we all thought we had. We all thought, in the clubhouse, that we had a chance to be good this year. We wanted to take a step forward and we wanted the front office to help us with that.”"
"“With some of the development of Minor Leaguers who have come up here like Vladdy, Bo, Danny and Reese, there’s a lot of them there. I think it kind of pushed the envelope with the front office. It’s encouraging to see that we’re going to try to win right now.”"
You also have to remember, these kids have been winners at every level growing up and will not take losing sitting down. They have the talent and confidence in their respective abilities to do damage at the major league level and that could come as early as 2020.
The brain trust has sent a clear message to its players, now they are chomping at the bit to go prove them right.