Blue Jays Manager Hyped About The Future
For Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins, a crushing end to the season doesn’t mean a lack of big opportunities in the future. Atkins said on Wednesday there’s no reason to not be excited about the club’s future as Toronto enters the off-season.
While the team isn’t nowhere near where they would actually like to be, the aim is to play well into the Playoffs for taking what he described as “the next step”, explained Atkins. He added that nearly making the post-season this year was just the sort of thing Toronto needed for building a strong campaign ahead of 2022.
Money Buys Best
Currently boosted by a strong field of core players, where the Blue Jays are right now has undoubtedly been greatly helped along by the franchise’s willingness to throw money at acquiring new talent.
And according to Atkins’ media address on Wednesday, the expectation is for team ownership to remain flexible regarding the management of Toronto’s payroll. He said he feels as if he has all the support in the world from a financial point of view.
A big part of the available spend has gone into the signings of free agents George Springer and Hyun Jin Ryu, who both got awarded lucrative deals as part of the squad’s rebuilding strategy.
Also set to bank big are currently pending free agents Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien. Both managed to bring significant value to the team over the course of their previous one-year contracts. Semien emerged a reliable force with 45 homeruns, an .873 OPS, and 1020 RBIs, while Ray made big news as he led the American league with 248 strike-outs and a run average of 2.84.
Blue Jays Will Bank On Talent
It seems likely that Toronto will soon start focusing on a serious upgrade at third base – with the emphasis likely to be on adding more left-handed bats to the squad.
To this end, Atkins said there are numerous free agency opportunities for improving Toronto’s rotation.
But that’s not to say Toronto’s pitching staff hadn’t already been boosted by the addition of starter Jose Berrios, whose talent went a long way for boosting the line-up as the Blue Jays began their push for a wild-card spot.
While Toronto failed dismally against Minnesota on the penultimate weekend, not to mention made to count the huge cost of their loss to New York, their Playoffs bid coming up short didn’t completely overshadow the many bright spots emerged from the campaign.