According to General Manager Ross Atkins, the Toronto Blue Jays would like to add one, two, or three really good players this offseason.
Ross Atkins appeared on MLB Network Radio earlier today to speak about all things Blue Jays. The GM discussed the plans for the offseason and their desire to potentially add one, two, or three really good players who make the team better for 2021.
The brain trust has already dipped into the free-agent market when he brought pitcher Robbie Ray back on a one-year/ $8 million dollar pact for next season. However, the Blue Jays are definitely not done adding either via the trade route or free agency.
During the end of the season address, management identified two areas where they hoped to improve for the 2021 campaign. Team defence and pitchers who consistently throw strikes were the major focus on their offseason wish-list.
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There have been a ton of hot stove rumours already linking the Blue Jays to the like of Francisco Lindor, George Springer, and Jackie Bradley Jr. There is no hard evidence that the team will actually acquire or sign any of the above-mentioned players but you can guarantee Atkins and company are leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit.
Atkins earlier in the week spoke that the team nearly acquired another player aside from Ray. many speculate it was pitcher Kevin Gausman who eventually accepted his qualifying offer with the San Francisco Giants.
Trevor Bauer is the prized possession of the free-agent class as the hurler just won the National League Cy Young award for his outstanding efforts in 2020. Bauer would instantly catapult to the front of the rotation, however, he is going to cost a boatload of money. It will be interesting to see if the front office partakes in the Bauer sweepstakes as there is no denying he makes the team instantly much better.
If Atkins can add multiple really good players, the offseason would be deemed a success and set the team up for success in 2021.