The Toronto Blue Jays seem to catch the eye of at least one big-name free agent early in this offseason.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, at least one top free agent has approached the Blue Jays to gain an understanding of any potential interest the team has in them.
Although it was not revealed who the player was, this is obviously very exciting news for the Blue Jays organization, their front office, and their fans. The fact that a notable free agent has initiated a conversation with Toronto shows that players around the league are intrigued by the club’s future and their young core.
The Blue Jays have shown a willingness to spend big money on big-name players in consecutive offseason’s. The team signed free-agent Hyun Jin-Ryu to a four-year, $80M contract two years ago and signed superstar George Springer to a six-year, $150M deal last offseason, with the latter of those two being the largest free-agent signing in Blue Jays’ history.
With expectations high for next season, the Blue Jays are once again expected to be aggressive in free agency.
This year’s free-agent class is one of the best in recent history and there are a plethora of big-name stars that are expected to receive massive paydays. Some of these players include Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, and former Blue Jays’ Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray
Ross Atkins has stated that the team will continue dialogue with both Semien and Ray throughout free agency, although he understands they are going to test the market.
Regardless of what moves the Blue Jays make this offseason, a big-name free agent approaching them to gauge their interest is excellent news for the ball club. Now that the team has completed their rebuild and is back in contention, players around the league are evidently attracted to the Blue Jays’ young core and their future.