It has taken all offseason but it appears that free agency is slowly picking up steam so what does this mean for the Toronto Blue Jays?
The Blue Jays have still yet to make their presence felt on the open market, however, there were a few minor signings around the league that could be a sign of things to come. The likes of Archie Bradley, Alex Wood and Jose Martinez all found respective new homes yesterday.
Leading up to yesterday’s trio of signings, Pedro Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Liam Hendriks also all inked pacts in recent days. So after what has felt like an eternity, the market may finally be gaining momentum.
On the home front, the Blue Jays were reportedly one of 25 teams to attend and open showcase highlighted by veteran hurler Corey Kluber earlier this week. Also present vying to impress scouts were fellow pitchers Anthony Swarzak, AJ Ramos and Steve Cishek.
The team has yet to sign anyone to a major league deal since their one-year pact with pitcher Robbie Ray in early November. They did recently agree to reunite with reliever A.J. Cole for another campaign but albeit on a minor league contract.
If the rumour mill whispers are indeed true, the Jays are finalists for both George Springer and DJ LeMahieu but there is no indication if either will sign on the dotted line. The Mets acquisition of Francisco Lindor and their reluctance to exceed the luxury tax may play in the Blue Jays favour.
The Trevor Bauer is slow developing but the hurler did recently share on his YouTube channel that the size of the market and geography will not be factors impacting his final decision. The geography tidbit would definitely benefit Toronto as some MLB players are hesitant to venture onto Canadian soil to hone their craft.
The next few weeks are going to be very interesting in shaping the complexion for the 2021 season, you have to figure that once one of the top dogs commits, the others won’t be far behind.