The Toronto Blue Jays had their most successful season in over 20 years. Reaching the playoffs and winning the well balanced American League East for the first time since winning back-to-back World Series in ’92 and ’93 was downright fun to watch. Recently departed General Manager Alex Anthopoulos put together a flurry of trade-deadline moves in order to acquire some big names. Bringing in an ace, experienced, lights-out relievers, and a leadoff hitter with stellar outfield defense proved just how serious the Blue Jays were about making 2015 a year to remember.
I could go on forever discussing all of the breathtaking moments that made up the second half of the season and the two playoff series the Jays appeared in. Was 2015 everything the organization wanted it to be? The answer to that question should be a resounding “no” from the 29 teams who did not take home the World Series hardware. However, 2015 gave the Jays’ organization and rapidly growing fan base many things to be excited about.
As the GM meetings wrap up and the winter meetings approach preparation for 2016 is in full swing. The qualifying offer deadline has come and gone, and teams have a pretty good idea what their areas of strength and more importantly what their areas of weakness are. The Toronto Blue Jays have already had their share of drama after the conclusion of their 2015 season including the departure of GM of the year Alex Anthopoulos, and the re-signing of potential free-agent Marco Estrada.
Let’s examine some areas that will be very important for the Jays as they prepare for next season: