The Blue Jays made another splash in the free agent market by signing starter Chris Bassitt to a three-year, $63M contract. Bassitt solidifies the rotation after Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman and José Berríos, and most likely leaves Mitch White, Yusei Kikuchi, and rookies Ricky Tiedemann and Yosver Zuleta to battle for the fifth rotation spot, barring the Jays re-signing free agent Ross Stripling.
So with the addition of the left-handed hitting - and defensive standout - Kevin Kiermaier to help out in center field and Bassitt to round out the rotation, are the Blue Jays ready for the 2023 season? In a word, “no”. They can still improve this roster with a power hitting left-handed hitting outfielder, potentially one more depth starter in case Berríos, White and Kikuchi all regress further and Hyun Jin Ryu is unable to contribute in the later months of the 2023 season, and another hard throwing, high leverage reliever to add to the back of the bullpen alongside closer Jordan Romano.