The Jays catcher should be a full-go for 2024. Jano attempted to return from a fractured finger injury before the 2023 postseason but the Blue Jays ultimately opted for caution.
Jansen has been reliable when healthy with a career 102 OPS+ and a strong 2023 season with career highs in HR/RBI before the finger injury. He doesn’t have any concerning long-term injuries, but the accumulation of these small maladies can cause concern.
In 2021 and 2022 he only played in 70 and 72 games, respectively. A hamstring, wrist, forearm, oblique all can be placed in the “fluky” category, but one never knows what is coming next. The catching position is a tough position to play anyway given the natural wear-and-tear.
In 2024, Jansen will be counted on to play an important role offensively and defensively for this club. Fortunately, Toronto has a solid backup option in Alejandro Kirk waiting in the wings for increased playing time. Jansen is heading into his final year of team control while Kirk will be under team control through the 2026 season. This may be his last chance to make a positive impression north of the border.