Toronto Blue Jays: Five Moves the Club Should Make Post-Lockout
The MLB owners continue to lockout the players, but fans can hope that it will soon come to an end. If things can get up and running again, here is a look at five moves I think the Blue Jays should do coming out of the lockout.
1. Acquire Jose Ramirez
The Blue Jays offence took a big hit when Marcus Semien and 45 home runs signed a seven-year deal with the Texas Rangers for $175 Million. While I really enjoyed watching Semien during the 2021 season, I think it was a contract you don’t want to lock yourself into if you are Blue Jays management. With that being said, that was a big part of the offence that is gone from last year.
Jose Ramirez is likely the most talked-about name that the Blue Jays have been linked to in trade possibilities. Ramirez is a 29-year old superstar that has two years of team control remaining before he hits free agency. He brings several assets that the Blue Jays need to fill as Ramirez is a third baseman, which is a current hole on the defensive side of the team and possesses a power bat that finished with 36 home runs in 2021, which could replace the loss of Semien’s bat. Unlike Semien, Ramirez has a longer track record and consistency, with his three Silver Slugger Awards in the last five seasons and has finished top six in AL-MVP voting in four of those seasons.
The debate would be, what would the Blue Jays have to give up to get Ramirez. My opinion would be any non-roster prospect would be made available. With that being said, if a player like Gabriel Moreno was included in the deal, he would be the only top prospect going the other way and you would need to have talks with Ramirez about signing an extension. In an ideal situation the club would be able to keep Moreno, but no matter what the Jays will be moving a few top prospects. There are so many trade packages that can be contemplated, but I will save that for another time. Ramirez would be my top priority.