Toronto Blue Jays: Offseason Report Card

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The Blue Jays struggled through most of the first half of 2015, but after acquiring David Price at the trade deadline the team’s performance improved vastly and the Blue Jays ended up in the American League Championship Series. After losing a tough series to the eventual world-champion Kansas City Royals, the Blue Jays have their sights set on 2016 and will look to build off of their strong finish to 2015. The team did lose David Price to free agency but allocated that money to other areas of need rather than make one big splash. Continuing with our string of offseason report cards, the Blue Jays will be assigned a grade based on the moves they made for their offense, starting rotation, and bullpen. Let’s get to it.

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  1. Brent Koroll

    Fairly good articles with some errors. “When they acquired lefty ace David Price at the deadline, Toronto’s season was turned around”. Although David Price was a nice addition, greatly loved by the fans, he was not the reason for the second half turn around. The real reason for the turn around was trading away Jose Reyes who was the worst fielding SS in the AL the last couple of seasons. This solidified the Jays infield defense and defense down the middle as Tulowiski is a big improvement on Reyes. Every Jays pitcher, except for Buerle had better stats in the second half as Buerle’s shoulder didn’t respond to a cortisone shot. Even Price’s stats improved coming to Toronto and Detroit’s park was a little more pitcher friendly than Rogers center last year (26 out of 30 parks as opposed to 24).
    Secondly, Toronto has some ideal options to lead off and the best choice is Ryan Goins. Goins had a bad year in 2014 as Seitzer’s hitting ideology didn’t meld well with Goins. Goins saw improvement with Brooks Jacoby and his .274 BA, .361 OBP, .397 slugging and .748 OPS in the second half and very good base running tendencies makes him a very good option as the lead off hitter. That he has received tutelage on hitting from Tewksbary this past winter (he previously worked with Donaldson and Colabello to improve their hitting) could improve Goins even more as will the opportunity in the first 8 weeks to take the 2nd base job from Devon Travis. I agree with the rest of the article and I believe that Toronto’s terrific infield defense and defense down the middle will get the maximum out of Toronto’s pitching staff.

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