Re-sign or pass on UFA’s that played on the Blue Jays during the 2020 season.
The Toronto Blue Jays enter an important offseason for many reasons. They’re expected to be major players in the free agency market as they’ve reportedly been aggressive early in the process.
Another reason why it’s a crucial offseason is because of the development and future of the team. While they made the playoffs, they are some areas of improvement needed on the team in order to be true contenders.
They need better defence as they ranked 29th in team defense. They also need some pitching, specifically in the rotation and some bullpen arms wouldn’t hurt either.
Also, they could use an impact player no matter the position as that would help push the team over the hump. Some of the names that they could be interested in are J.T. Realmuto, George Springer, D.J. LeMahieu, Trevor Bauer among others.
Before they really dip into the free-agent market though, they should take a look at their own players who are familiar to the organization in order to determine whether they should re-sign them or not.
The Blue Jays have Anthony Bass, Ken Giles, Joe Panik, Robbie Ray, Matt Shoemaker, Jonathan Villar, and Taijuan Walker.
Note: Chase Anderson was not included as the Blue Jays declined his option. While he becomes an unrestricted free agent, declining his option does not indicate a good sign that the team wants him back. Also, Travis Shaw, A.J. Cole, and Ross Stripling were not included either as they have to be tendered a contract by December 2nd. They are currently still part of the team.