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Blue Jays: I simulated the offseason four times- Here’s what happened

TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 4: President Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins pose for a photo after speaking to the media as Atkins is introduced as the new general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays during a press conference on December 4, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Offseason Two- 2nd Computer Simulation

The second go-around for the computer simulation was a fair bit different than the first, and there were some positives and negatives for sure.

As for Semien and Ray? This time around they both remained in Toronto, and somehow the front office kept Matz in a Blue Jays uniform as well. They also added a pair of arms to the bullpen that could make a difference, which gave the pitching staff a look like this:

Rotation

1- Robbie Ray
2- Jose Berrios
3- Hyun Jin Ryu
4- Alek Manoah
5- Steven Matz

Bullpen

1- Jordan Romano
2- Kirby Yates*
3- Tim Mayza
4- Adam Cimber
5- Trevor Richards
6- Ryan Borucki
7- Andrew Heaney*
8- Ross Stripling

The virtual GM decided to give Kirby Yates one more chance to prove he can get healthy and contribute to a big league bullpen, and hopefully it works out better this time for the Jays. They also brought Andrew Heaney into the fold, who could help lengthen the bullpen and also give Charlie Montoyo another option for the back of the rotation if the need should arise.

The Lineup

1- George Springer (CF)
2- Marcus Semien (2B)
3- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1B)
4- Bo Bichette (SS)
5- Teoscar Hernandez (LF)
6- Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (DH)
7- Cavan Biggio (3B)
8- Randal Grichuk (RF)
9- Danny Jansen (C)

Bench: Reese McGuire, Santiago Espinal, Delino DeShields, Alex Dickerson

This second simulation is really quite close to what the Blue Jays had on the roster at the end of this season. The only additions to the position player side would be DeShields and Dickerson, who add some depth in the outfield.

As great as it would be to bring back all three of Ray, Semien, and Matz, I feel like the Jays need to add more than Heaney and another roll of the dice in the bullpen. Still, it would be an interesting timeline to follow if it were reality.

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