The last thing any team or fanbase wants to be known for is finishing as the runner up. Right now, the Toronto Blue Jays are finishing with the silver medal in free agency and don’t even get the benefit of a medal to show off.
The team was aggressive in their pursuit of DJ LeMahieu but lost out to the New York Yankees and not too long after, Corey Kluber — another player they showed heavy interest in— was off to the Big Apple. It’s a double whammy when you consider that the Blue Jays biggest threat in the AL East retained a significant part of their roster while also landing a respectable pitcher.
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Understandably, Blue Jays fans are getting frustrated with all the reports suggesting that their team was close but could not reel in a player that would have made a significant contribution to the team. However, there are still options out there that can improve Toronto.
Would Blue Jays fans forgive some of the missed opportunities if they get a big fish like George Springer or Trevor Bauer, maybe even J.T. Realmuto? Is it more important to improve the pitching staff or go after a positional player?
We might get the answer to that real soon as some of these free agents will want to plan for spring training which isn’t too far away.
Something Blue Jays fans will have to consider is whether they will accept the team overpaying to bring in a top free agent? A player like Springer seems willing to wait for the right deal and it doesn’t look like Toronto is close to his asking price.
Jim Duquette of SNY reported that the Blue Jays made an offer for five years and well under his desired $150 million salary. Is the gap going to be too much for Toronto to overcome and will they miss out on a player that they have been favoured to sign since the end of the season.
Toronto can’t be caught sitting on the sidelines too long because this is a core that is making a serious push to contend and any help they can get will go a long way.
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