Blue Jays: Top 5 Reasons to be Excited for Spring Training (eventually)
#1: The Offseason Isn’t Complete
The lockout began on November 29th of last year. This means that there are approximately three months of offseason transactions to make up. If you look at when the season is slated to start, you’ll notice that there are about four weeks until Opening Day (pending CBA agreement). This means that the four weeks leading up to the onset of the 2022 MLB season are going to be electric.
There are a variety of premier free agents remaining, teams willing to part with their best players on the trade market, and clubs still looking to improve. The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to fit into all three of these storylines. They’re still looking to improve, and there are many free agents and players on the trade block who fit like a glove with their current roster.
As it stands, the Jays are set to be competitive, with some subtle weak spots among their current group. They would tremendously benefit from adding an impact infielder, their rotation would be a power house with another veteran arm, and more relief depth never hurt. There are a variety of potential matches just waiting to be made, and the resumption of the baseball season will hopefully see the Jays add a few new players.
Whether it’s one of the Cincinnati Reds starting pitchers, a package from the Oakland Athletics, one of Freddie Freeman or Jose Ramirez, or a free agent like Kris Bryant or Carlos Correa, the options are plentiful. The thought of adding impact players to this already talented core is enough to get any Jays fan excited. These storylines, paired with the starting of Spring Training, makes for one of the most exciting months in recent Blue Jays memory.