This is something. According to a report from Christopher Meola, the Toronto Blue Jays were in on outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who ended up agreeing to terms with the New York Mets.
Meola may not be a well-known reporter, but he is plenty credible, as he’s broken the Giancarlo Stanton, Hanley Ramirez and Kenta Maeda signings, among others.
A lineup featuring Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Russell Martin is arguably the best in the league. Adding Cespedes to that group would have made the Blue Jays lineup absolutely incredible.
With Cespedes no longer available, it’s likely the Blue Jays will focus on adding a starting pitcher. The top arm available is Yovani Gallardo and the Blue Jays have been connected to him, although he is deciding between the Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros, according to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com.
If the Blue Jays want to add a starting pitcher on a cheap, “prove it” type of contract, two options could be Doug Fister and Cliff Lee, but that is just speculation.
Adding Cespedes would have made the lineup that more dangerous for the Blue Jays and it would’ve helped get Mark Shapiro back on good terms with the fans in Toronto, but he is more of a luxury piece than an actual need.
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