The Toronto Blue Jays come off a relatively successful MLB season, clinching their first wild card playoff berth since the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The team finished the regular season with a 92-70 record, topped only by the NY Yankees in the AL East.
Unfortunately the Jays weren’t able to translate their regular season form going into the playoffs, as they fell to the fifth-seeded Seattle Mariners in a best-of-three Wild Card series. The 2-0 sweep was the first Wild Card series for both franchises under the expanded format adopted this season.
It’s now clear that if Toronto expects to make it further in the postseason they will require some new additions to their roster. But what changes need to be made?
Let’s take a look.
A Legitimate Mid-Rotation Starter
While the Jays aren’t short of talent in their starters, with the likes of Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman and José Berríos, they will likely need another big name in their ranks to hit the next level. Expect Toronto to go after a big contract or take advantage of the trade market with their depth in the catcher position.
If they can pick up just one more legitimate starter it should make a big difference come time for the playoffs. Simply acquiring more depth in the position won’t be enough, the team needs some firepower.
Help in the Outfield
With the loss of Teoscar Hernández, the Blue Jays are in dire need of some help in the outfield. They will also need to fill in the gap of a left-handed power hitter. Michael Brantley, who hit the free agent market recently, could be the perfect fit. As both a lefty and having a .360 on-base percentage, he has plenty of upside but at the ripe old age of 36, he could be a gamble.
Some Extras in the Bullpen
The additions of Erik Swanson via the Teoscar Hernández trade should pay big dividends in the relief pitching department. Alongside Jordan Romano, the Jays now seem to have the ability to close out games with confidence. As we saw in last season however, the two of them won’t be enough come playoff time. The team will need to pick up a couple more smaller name relievers to bolster their bullpen.
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