Toronto Blue Jays making their move

The Toronto Blue Jays are making their move. Much like the San Diego Padres, the Blue Jays believe the deals they are engineering will augment a core group of talented players that will contend in the AL Eastern Division.

After word of free agent outfielder George Springer’s deal (the story broke from a barbershop chair) was revealed, the Blue Jays have now agreed to a contract with free agent Kirby Yates (P).*

These signings by Toronto arguably installs the club as division favorites, even though the franchise doesn’t know if it will play in Canada in 2021 because of Covid-19.

Add these three players to the talented trio of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavin Biggio (three players I had the chance to see on a regular basis, broadcasting in the Eastern League) and a steady pitching corps and you have the makings of a solid contender.

Certainly the Yankees will be tough, but AL defending champion Tampa Bay has taken a step back with the loss of pitchers Blake Snell and Charles Morton. The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are in rebuild mode. That sets the stage for a two-team divisional battle.

These latest signings by the Blue Jays, who announced two weeks ago that club president Mark Shapiro was given a five-year contract extension, is proof Toronto has entered a win-at-all-costs-phase, no matter where the club’s home games are played.

And earlier story had the Blue Jays and Michael Brantley agreeing on a contract.