The Toronto Blue Jays ended last season fourth in the AL East, but Canada’s team is thinking postseason after a historic offseason. Out of every MLB team, the Blue Jays made the biggest splash during the late fall and early winter. Adding three starting pitchers, including 2012 National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, and acquiring shortstop Jose Reyes, left fielder Melky Cabrera and second baseman Emilio Bonfacio, Toronto looks poised to challenge for the AL East title. The starting rotation, projected to be Dickey, Brandon Marrow, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and Ricky Romero, could be the most complete rotation in baseball.
Although this team looks World Series bound on paper, championships are not won in the offseason. Toronto will face scrutiny from media and fans, baring any significant injuries, if they do not make the postseason. But that comes with the territory of bringing in some of the hottest names in baseball.
The Blue Jays had some talented hitters prior to adding Reyes, Cabrera and Bonafacio. Right fielder Jose Bautista, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, center fielder Colby Rasmus and third baseman Brett Lawrie combined for 103 home runs last season. Bautista, 31, had 27 in only 92 games played. Bautista is considered by many to be the best power hitter in baseball. Now, with Reyes and Cabrera protecting him in the line up, Bautista could even have a year similar to one he had in 2010 when he hit 54 home runs. For obvious reasons, much optimism surrounds the Blue Jays as they travel to Dunedin, Fla. for spring training.