According to Ken Rosenthal the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to be aggressive bidders in the upcoming free agency period. Now I know what you are thinking, haven’t we heard this before? Well yes, but I don’t see how the team will generate any significant buzz without at least one or two big acquisitions this offseason.
The Blue Jays are unlikely to re-sign Kelly Johnson after a disappointing season from the 30-year-old second baseman, Rosenthal reports. And Yunel Escobar, who recently served a three-game suspension for writing a homophobic slur under his eyes, “is a goner,” according to Rosenthal.
The Blue Jays are short on veterans to guide the team’s younger players in Rosenthal’s opinion. A free agent such as Torii Hunter would be a fit in Toronto, Rosenthal writes. GM Alex Anthopoulos will consider the possibility of adding experienced contributors.
“I don’t think it ever hurts to have as many veteran complements as you can,” Anthopoulos said. “That’s something we’ll definitely look to do if we can.”
Speaking of offseason, AL Eastbound will be asking a ton of questions surrounding the teams future and discussing what it will take to get the team into the forefront of contention. Some of those questions will include:
Several questions unanswered after injury riddled 2012:
-Is Anthopoulos capable of sticking neck out? Perhaps he has tried and failed, or just nervous?
-Where would Jose Bautista’s 2012 stat line finished without injury?
-How much upside is in Brett Lawrie’s bat? Were expectations too high? Is this insane level of defense for real?
-Can Ricky Romero right the ship?
-Is Brandon Morrow for real and can he stay healthy?
-Who can the Jays land to help battered rotation?
-Sergio Santos, damaged goods?
-Who of Sierra/Cooper/Gose/Hechavarria is capable of giving Jays meaningful ABs in 2013?
-Bullpen seems deep and loaded for next year (knock on wood), which is promising.
-Colby Rasmus & Yunel Escobar – the good and the bad. Move forward with both/either?
-Is Adam Lind worth keeping around?
-Arencibia still our catcher in 2013 or will d’Arnaud make push for starting gig?
-Middle infield help. Omar Vizquel cannot take any more swings for a team hoping to contend. Zero.
-We also need to spend money on boring old depth, we must prepare for the worst injury wise.
-How serious is ownership to turning a budding contender with a deep farm system into a legit annual contender. Given current composition of roster we will need to dip into FA talent pool to add at least one stud SP.