Notable Departures: David Price, Mark Buehrle
When they acquired lefty ace David Price at the deadline, Toronto’s season was turned around. However, Price would ultimately be a rental, as the former Cy Young winner packed up and left for the division rival Red Sox. The loss of Price stings, but the Blue Jays have his replacement on hand already, and that would be 24-year-old Marcus Stroman. Stroman will be taking on the role of staff ace, and Marco Estrada was retained in order to keep the rotation solid. J.A. Happ was also brought in when depth became a question mark following Mark Buehrle’s retirement. Happ was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, and it seems the lefty discovered something under Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, as Happ went 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA for the Pirates. Bringing back Estrada was key, and Happ could be a great under-the-radar move for Toronto. The addition of Jesse Chavez (4.18 ERA in Oakland in 2015) creates more depth and provides a reliable spot starter.