The Jays have been on the precipice of breakout seasons in the past couple of years, making deep runs into the MLB playoffs and falling just short. With some key pickups in their offseason, Toronto seems primed to make a push for the World Series this year, with some experts even calling this a ‘World Series or bust’ season. So the question is, do the Jays really have what it takes to bring home a title in 2023? Let’s take a look.
When it comes to star power, the Jays have plenty with the likes of MVP-Candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Bo Bichette and Alek Manoah on the mound. The core of the team seems to solid, as most stars have spent at least three MLB seasons with each other, many of whom have won minor league championships with current Blue Jays manager John Schneider.
Where the team has been found wanting in the past is in the left-handed batting department and relief pitching. Both of which were really taken into heart by the front office when forming the roster this offseason.
The Jays added lefty batters to the team in Daulton Varsho, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Belt. This should balance out what was once a very heavy right-handed batting lineup.
On the pitching side, Toronto picked up starter Chris Bassitt to replace Ross Stripling and reliever Erik Swanson to bolster the bullpen. The team now has more ‘swing and miss’ pitchers for the back end of the games.
The ownership has also committed to a top 5 MLB payroll, with the luxury tax currently sitting $250.5M. This shows the franchise is expecting big things from their current roster. While a payroll doesn’t quite equate to a World Series, in the past decade having an above average payroll has paid off. Eight of the top ten payrolls ended up in the postseason last year.
On paper it looks like the Blue Jays have everything they need to win a World Series or at the very least make it deep into the postseason. Anything short will be considered a disappointment with the massive amount of talent on the roster. It will likely all come down to how the team handles the pressure in the big moments come playoff time.
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