While the Blue Jays have solved some of their issues through trades and free agency, patience has paid off with some of their homegrown players.
It’s always a tough balance for MLB front offices as they’re trying to figure out when to give up and/or move on from a player, especially one that’s worked their way through the Blue Jays’ system. Sometimes teams move on too quickly from a player before they’ve found the recipe for success at the highest level, and the Blue Jays benefitted from a situation like that a few years ago when they acquired Teoscar Hernandez from the Astros in one of the best trades in franchise history.
On the other hand, sometimes we see teams hang on a little too long for one reason or another. It might be because of all of the time (and money) invested in the individual, and it’s easy to over-value your own, especially the ones with likeable personalties.
However, in order to truly push to the level of being a championship contender, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions and move on. In others, having the patience in homegrown players can make all the difference in the world in a roster build, and we’re starting to really see that in Toronto these days.
I know it’s only been three regular season games, but already I’m seeing signs that the Blue Jays patience with some of their big league roster is already paying off, and will only get better as the season goes on.