The Toronto Blue Jays have had a head-scratching offseason so far. They were in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes until the eleventh hour and have shown interest in several other high-profile players in both the free agency and trade markets. But, so far, the only ones who have put pen to paper have been outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and utility player Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
The lack of action has sent scribes scrambling to predict what may come as the roster has many pending departing free agents. Bleacher Report published an article by Zach Rymer that attempts to tackle 10 MLB teams’ personnel issues.
The slideshow describes 10 teams and their problems and offers potential solutions. The Jays' problem is obvious. As elite defensively as Kiermaier and Kiner-Falefa are, that was hardly considered a need and not close to the splashy moves fans expect. A reunion with Matt Chapman feels possible, as does a mega-deal with Cody Bellinger, although he’s less of a natural fit.
After being tempted to name Chapman as the solution, particularly considering his Gold Glove-caliber defensive skills, Rymer solves the Blue Jays woes with a familiar name. He suggests Cody Bellinger would be a more prosperous acquisition and calls him a better all-around player.
That point is debatable, denying the risk in signing Bellinger to a long-term contract. Despite emerging from a resurgent 2023 season, the 28-year-old had three lousy years prior. After making his case, the solution takes a turn readers might shake their heads at.
The writing says that Bellinger’s arrival will move Dalton Varsho into a bench role and then onto the trade market. This theory is unimaginable and idiotic. As disappointing as he was offensively at times last season, Varsho’s hustle, superb outfield prowess, and power potential make him an integral part of the future. He is by no means a bench piece, or is he trade bait. It seems that Rymer's piece did nothing more than show that he's not a follower of the Toronto Blue Jays.
To think the Jays would dump Varsho just one season after making the blockbuster deal to get him is nonsense. Optically, the trade appeared to be a highway robbery after the first year, but putting the talented 27-year-old on trade alert just ain’t happening.