The off-season has arrived and, of course, many baseball thinkers out there have their ideas about what the Blue Jays should do moving forward. It’s not unrealistic for the Blue Jays to bounce back from their disappointing 2017, however, there are areas of concerns and holes in the lineup that need to be addressed if this club is going to be able to hang with the elite of the American League. Recent comments by Ross Atkins certainly reinforced the idea that they’re likely going to mostly stick with their aging core. Realistically, then, this group has a three-month window, from the beginning of the season, to convince the front office that they have another run in them. If not, we could see even deeper changes.
In the meantime, the Jays need have to try to reconcile that will to compete with the fact that Mark ShapIro has made it quite clear that their plan is also to keep strengthening their minor league system, with the goal being to build a strong and sustainable pipeline of talent available to the big league team. You can’t really argue against this approach, but it means that, for now, the organization will be less willing to trade players like Vlad Jr. or Bo Bichette.
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