Last season, the Toronto Blue Jays racked up 891 runs, often scoring in bunches. They did so without a real, consistent presence in the leadoff spot. That’s not to say the Blue Jays did not get good production from their one-hole hitters. Overall, the bulk of the leadoff at-bats were handled by four players — Jose Reyes, Ben Revere, Troy Tulowitzki, and Devon Travis. Josh Donaldson even found himself leading off seven times.
Reyes went to the Colorado Rockies in the deal for Tulowitzki. Revere was swapped to the Washington Nationals for reliever Drew Storen, and Travis will not be ready for Opening Day, as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery. With the Blue Jays’ strong heart of the order, the need for a true leadoff man is slightly diminished, but someone has to do it.
There are still a few free agents on the market with the potential to lead off, but players like Dexter Fowler, Austin Jackson, and Gerardo Parra do not seem to fit with the Blue Jays. The leadoff man in 2016 will most likely be an internal option.