It seems that whenever MLB.com or MLB Network is involved in a conversation about the Toronto Blue Jays, it's going to go one of two ways: either the Jays are criminally underrated, or they're picked to win it all.
As we've seen recently with MLBN's starting pitching rankings, Kevin Gausman is apparently not considered one of the 10 best starters in the game of baseball today. Of course, that's foolish stuff right there. The guy just finished third in the AL Cy Young voting for crying out loud!
Will Leitch of MLB.com penned an article that had a bit of the latter in it ... sorta. Leitch made some predictions of which teams will make the World Series in each of the next 10 seasons. We know how difficult it is to predict something like this, but in theory it's a fun exercise no matter what.
Leitch had the Blue Jays making it all the way to the 2025 World Series ... and losing. After a 2024 matchup consisting of the Braves besting the Orioles, the Blue Jays are predicted to fall to the Dodgers the year after.
In typical MLB.com fashion, Leitch spends nearly the entire time in his explanatory paragraph talking about how excellent the Dodgers are (and will be) in 2025. Freeman, Ohtani, Smith, Betts and any other prospects who have reached the big leagues by then will be a lethal group.
In the last three sentences, he mentions the fact that this will be Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s final season of team control before he officially hits the market. With all of the uncertainty surrounding his arbitration case, this is a bit of salt in the wound but that's ok. Hunch or no hunch, the Blue Jays do have what it takes to make it to the promised land in 2025, but making it to the Fall Classic is one of the hardest things to do in the game.
Once 2025 rolls around, Ricky Tiedemann will hopefully have already become a mainstay in the starting rotation. Orelvis Martinez, Addison Barger and Alan Roden will all either have been moved for upgrades to the big league roster, or added to the lineup themselves. Bo Bichette and Guerrero are undoubtedly going to be leading the charge on offense and let's hope free agent addition Jorge Soler is also going to be right in the middle of all of the action.
While Blue Jays fans are obviously frustrated with the inactivity this offseason, the fact of the matter is that this team can very easily be a legitimate contender. Bookmark this article and let's come back to it in two years. We'll either laugh at how off-base it is, or be surprised that Will Leitch successfully called his shot.