As we bring in the new year, we're inching closer and closer to Opening Day 2023. This season figures to be a good one for the Toronto Blue Jays that will be a bit of a new-look club with a bunch of old friends leaving town in favor of some new blood.
After we covered some tongue-in-cheek New Years resolutions for Blue Jays players, coaches and upper management, I figured I would try my hand at 23 predictions for how I believe 2023 will go for the club. Let's get right into it.
23.) Jordan Romano will lead the American League in saves
He was third in the league last year with 36 behind only Liam Hendriks (37) and Emmanuel Clase (42). The dude can pitch and he is going to be one of the best in 2023.
22.) Cavan Biggio is traded during the season
Not a super bold one, but also not one that will be a shock to many fans. The Jays have given Biggio plenty of opportunities but he has just not figured out...yet, at least. He will have a slow start to the season and the club will look to trade him for anything they can get.
21.) Kevin Kiermaier quiets all of the naysayers
Kiermaier is the best defensive outfielder in the game and has proven that when he's healthy, he's a damn good baseball player. To the surprise of everyone, he stays healthy all season and shows what he's made of.
20.) An extension gets handed out....but not to one of the young core guys
Matt Chapman is my pick here. The 29-year-old is set to hit free agency at the conclusion of the 2023 season and remains one of, if not the, best defensive third baseman in the league. His 115 OPS+ and 27 home runs last year showed that he has what it takes to excel in Toronto, so he sticks around for a while.
19.) Alek Manoah will continue to dominate, but he will not be the best starter for the Jays
Hello, Kevin Gausman! Gausman is seven years older than Manoah and has undergone a complete career transormation, going from so-so Orioles pitcher to ace-caliber Blue Jays pitcher ten years later.