Dream Blue Jays starting lineup for the 2024 season

We promise to stay as realistic as possible.
Sep 9, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Ha-Seong Kim (7) throws out
Sep 9, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; San Diego Padres second baseman Ha-Seong Kim (7) throws out / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Batting second, Bo Bichette, SS

Putting Bichette, another on-base machine, in front of some of the big boppers we have coming up would guarantee he scores about 300 runs a season (exaggeration, but you get the point!).

The 25-year-old remains one of the best offensive shortstops in the game and likely would've led the American League in hits for a third consecutive season if it weren't for a few random injuries that limited him to just 135 games. When he was healthy, Bichette continued to be a real force at the dish.

In those 135 contests, the two-time All-Star hit 30 doubles with 20 home runs and 73 runs driven in. He posted a .306 batting average (a career-high), .814 OPS and 123 OPS+ as well. The five-year veteran spent the majority of this past season in the two-hole and would give the Jays one hell of a one-two punch atop their lineup to set the stage for the power bats behind them.

Batting third, Shohei Ohtani, DH

You had to know this one was coming. Ohtani is (very) easily the top free agent in this year's class and the Blue Jays need to do what they can to reel him in. You're unable to mention 'Ohtani' and 'Blue Jays' in the same sentence without being yelled at on the internet with a "HAHA THERE'S NO WAY!", but the fit is not impossible to see.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal has already called the Jays a potential sleeper team to swoop in and snag Ohtani, so why not? The Jays have multiple corner outfield/DH types on their radar already, but there's no bigger fish than Ohtani.

The two-way phenom wouldn't be able to pitch at all in the upcoming season, but since we're focusing strictly on the starting lineup, that doesn't change much here. The sweet-swinging lefty very easily won the second MVP Award of his six-year career and would immediately boost the Jays' lineup in a big way.

In 135 games this past season, the 29-year-old hit an AL-leading 44 home runs with 95 driven in. He also stole 20 bases in 26 tries, hit .304 and led the league in SLG, OPS, OPS+ and total bases. Yeah, that offensive production will play in the three-hole for the Jays.