The end of the 2023 season for the Toronto Blue Jays came in heartbreaking fashion, as the club was swept out of the Wild Card Series by the Minnesota Twins two games to none. Entering the series, the Twins were riding a historic 18-game playoff losing streak and had not won a postseason series since all the way back in 2002. It just felt like it was meant to be that this year's Blue Jays would be the ones that'd help Minnesota break that cycle.
As we turn our collective attentions over to the offseason, this is going to be one full of change for the organization. Not only are there a rather large amount of pending free agents, but there are quite a few members of the big league coaching staff whose roles moving forward need to be under consideration here.
This includes manager John Schneider, who often was the scapegoat fans needed whenever something went wrong; hitting coach Guillermo Martinez, whose approach to hitting may well have led the team to lowered offensive production; bench coach Don Mattingly, whose veteran presence offered zero actual help to a team destined for an early playoff exit, and more.
We're going to stick with the players for now, though. Here are the most notable players on the big league roster that will be hitting free agency this offseason (note: we predict that some of them will be back, but for the sake of clarity, this is a complete list of FAs):
- 1B Brandon Belt
- 3B Matt Chapman
- RHP Chad Green (club option)
- RHP Jordan Hicks
- RHP Jay Jackson
- OF Kevin Kiermaier
- INF Whit Merrifield (mutual option)
- LHP Hyun Jin Ryu
However, it does not stop here. There are a handful of players who are still under contract for next season and beyond that have most likely already played their last innings in the Blue Jays' organization. We're going to dive in and look at every single member of the 2023 Jays that will likely not be back next year.