3 Blue Jays who should see an expanded role in 2024 and 2 who should not

With the season coming up soon, certain players will be looked upon to perform in a bigger role, whereas others will be taking a further step back.

Davis Schneider - Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays - Rogers Centre
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Should: Chad Green

Chad Green's option was picked up earlier in the off-season by the Blue Jays, and it isn't difficult to see why. The right-hander spent most of last season recovering from his Tommy John surgery, but made his Blue Jays debut on September 1st. On the surface, Green may not have seemed too sharp in his return, posting a 5.25 ERA for the Jays, but there's a lot of under the hood signs that point to Green being just fine going forward. Green's velocity was reaching 95-96 mph, which was his career norm before the injury. In addition, Green's BABIP was heavily inflated to .355 which is .70 points higher than his career mark. He underperformed his peripherals across the board, giving his small sample in 2023 not much more to look at other than the fact that he proved to be healthy going forward.

The Jays knew Green would need to recover for most of the season when signing him in the first place, so it became evident that their plan was to let him rehab for 2023, and come the following season, Green should be fully ready to go. The South Carolina native will not only be active for the 2024 season, but will be counted upon to be a big factor for the Jays bullpen. It currently has Jordan Romano, Erik Swanson, and Tim Mayza as the 3 headed monster, but having a full season of Chad Green will be a big reason of why the Jays are looking to have one of the best bullpens in baseball, in back to back years.