There will still be those who understandably lament the Blue Jays being unable to secure the signature of Shoehi Ohtani. He would have undoubtedly made this the most anticipated season in franchise history.
It doesn't help that the signings the Blue Jays have made, have done little to move the dial in a positive direction on the excitement-mometer. Yes the fans are grateful to have Kevin Kiermaier back, while Yariel Rodríguez should be an excellent addition to the pitching staff, but the team still needs to bring someone in to boost the lineup, such as Cody Bellinger or Jorge Soler.
So when do pitchers and catchers report for the Blue Jays?
Regardless, spring training is now less than a month away. As per Keegan Matheson of MLB.com, Blue Jays pitchers and catchers will hold their first official workout on Feb. 15.
Matheson goes on to add that the first full squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 20. No matter how the offseason has gone thus far, no matter how it will eventually pan out, even the most pessimistic of Blue Jays fans will surely feel a tinge of excitement.
The beginning of spring training is always a time for hope among the 30 MLB fan bases. A time when everyone can dream about this being the year their team goes all the way and wins the World Series.
Offence has to be the main focus for the Blue Jays
For the Blue Jays specifically, pitching and defence both look set to be as productive as last year. It's a different case for the offence though, with the unit underperforming during the 2023 campaign and not fulfilling their collective potential.
Whether the Blue Jays do bring in another bat or not, spring training is where manager John Schneider and company will work on the lineup, in the hope it can live up to what it's capable of. If the bats can produce on a more regular basis in 2024, then this team will take the jump from fringe contender to a genuine threat for baseball's holy grail.
The Blue Jays' spring training schedule will begin on Feb. 24 at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, versus the Phillies. They will play 32 games in total, including 15 at home, with the schedule concluding Mar. 25, away to the Pirates.
Admittedly spring training is not always the best indicator of what's to come in the regular season. However, if you're not able to raise a smile when you hear the words 'pitchers and catchers report', then maybe baseball just isn't for you.