Toronto Blue Jays: Offseason Report Card

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images North America

Offense

Notable Additions: None

Notable Departures: Ben Revere, Dioner Navarro, Munenori Kawasaki

The Blue Jays didn’t make any additions to their lineup this offseason but they really didn’t need to, as the offense already features 2015 most valuable player Josh Donaldson, masher Edwin Encarnacion, and 2015 All-Stars Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin. Outfielder Ben Revere and his .319 average were traded away, but the team expects prospect Dalton Pompey to fill Revere’s shoes adequately after the 23-year-old slashed .307/.383/.421 across two levels in the minors last year. Replacing Revere atop the lineup will prove to be tough to start, but Pompey has the ability necessary to leave no regrets. Really the biggest news regarding the offense out of Toronto was that Josh Donaldson is locked up for the next two years, as he and the Blue Jays avoided arbitration. Backup catcher Dioner Navarro trims Toronto’s depth, so it will be interesting to see how they address the backup catcher position, as Russell Martin is getting older and needs to be kept fresh.

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki is a notable departure because let’s admit it, that guy is awesome.

Grade: C

One Response

  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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