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Jays Offseason: Stroman Bitches as Goins Says Goodbye

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Today, you’ll join me as we discuss the Blue Jays offseason so far and what their objectives should be going forward. When you analyze the Jay’s contractual obligations, you will notice something, we’re basically dicked in 2019. Most of our core is gone then, so our window to contend is now, as in this offseason. JD, Happ, Estrada and more will be gone barring new deals. So, let’s rate how Shapiro and Atkins (Shatkins) are doing thus far.

To be fair, the entire MLB is waiting for the Stanton and Ohtani decisions to drop before the other players are discussed, so things have been slow. With those 2 apparently close to making a decision, the offseason should heat up in a hurry. I actually believe that the Stanton deal will take a while longer to get done. The artist formerly known as Mike is being a bit of a whiner. Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers are the only team he’d agree to waive his no-trade rights for as of now. The St. Louis Cardinals want Stanton bad and have a deal on the table form him. If he really wanted to win, he’d join the red birds. This franchise is a perennial contender.

Anyways, back to the Jays. Shatkins made a nice move this week as they non-tendered the anemic batting, overrated fielding Ryan Goins. Stroman then soiled his diaper and posted a passive-aggressive tweet about how the found out on Twitter that his boy was released.

They then made a savvy move by taking advantage of the Cardinals depth and trading for Aldemys Diaz. Despite a brutal 2017, Diaz batted .300/.369/.510(!!!) as a rookie in 2016. He helps bolster a middle infield of Tulo and Travis that get hurt more than OJ Simpson in a Naked Gun Movie.

CUE OBSCURE REFERENCE!

But, let’s face it, the Jays need a lot more help if they want a shot at the postseason. At the very minimum, we need a potent outfield bat, a top 3 starter, and some bullpen fortification. Whose available? Who do we have a shot at getting? Let’s discuss.

Per the Great Jeff Passan’s rankings:

  1. Shohei Otani, SP
  2. Yu Darvish, SP
  3. J.D. Martinez, OF
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
  5. Jake Arrieta, SP
  6. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  8. Alex Cobb, SP
  9. Wade Davis, RP
  10. Jay Bruce, OF
  11. Zack Cozart, SS
  12. Jonathan Lucroy, C
  13. Lance Lynn, SP
  14. Carlos Santana, 1B
  15. Welington Castillo, C
  16. Logan Morrison, 1B
  17. Neil Walker, 2B
  18. CC Sabathia, SP
  19. Greg Holland, RP
  20. Carlos Gonzalez, OF
  21. Addison Reed, RP
  22. Juan Nicasio, RP
  23. Todd Frazier, 3B
  24. Brandon Morrow, RP
  25. Mike Minor, RP
  26. Tyler Chatwood, SP
  27. Pat Neshek, RP
  28. Carlos Gomez, OF
  29. Eduardo Nunez, UT
  30. Yonder Alonso, 1B
  31. Anthony Swarzak, RP
  32. Jaime Garcia, SP
  33. Jake McGee, RP
  34. Steve Cishek, RP
  35. Andrew Cashner, SP
  36. Lucas Duda, 1B
  37. Jon Jay, OF
  38. Joe Smith, RP
  39. Bryan Shaw, RP
  40. Yoshihisa Hirano, RP
  41. Michael Pineda, SP
  42. Tommy Hunter, RP
  43. Matt Albers, RP
  44. Brandon Kintzler, RP
  45. Tony Watson, RP
  46. Jason Vargas, SP
  47. Mitch Moreland, 1B
  48. Alcides Escobar, SS.
  49. Matt Holliday, OF
  50. Austin Jackson, CF

Rumour has it that the Jays have 24 million to play with this year, I hope that’s wrong, because it’s surely not enough.The Jays are out on Martinez, he costs too much and we have enough fat, old, DHs. Darvish is a pipe dream and Ohtani already turned us down. But how about Arrieta, does he make sense? The Jays need to add a quality arm. After your Ohtani – Darvish – Arrieta tier, the pitching talent drops off to the 2nd tier of Lynn and Cobb. I’m out on Lynn, his peripherals raise a million red flags. Cobb is a huge risk as he has trouble staying on the field. He’ll command a ton of money for someone with 1 healthy, full season under his belt. Knowing this, should the Jays go for Arrieta? He’s not the same pitcher of his Cy Young year, but he’s still a high 2nd, boarderline 1st starter in this league. With Scott Boras as his agent, look for the 31 year old to get 25 million for 6 years. The last years of that contarct may be garbage, but that’s how the MLB works these days.

If the Jays make a play for Arrieta, I suggest they pounce on Carlos Gonzolez for a 1 year deal on the cheap. CarGo is coming off a brutal 2017 and will look to prove himself on a 1 year so he can cash in. I believe that there’s still gas left in his tank. He’s too young and talented to fade the way he did. Other, more expensive options for the Jays in the outfield are Lorenzo Cain, Jay Bruce and Carlos Gomez. Cain may be the most underated all around player in the game. He’s getting older, but will still help any team he joins win more games. Bruce is Bruce, go big or go home. Gomez, well, ditto on the Gonzolez reason. Who do I want to fortify the bullpen? Smokin Joe Smith. Smith pitched brilliantly for the Jays in 2017 and I’d love to have him on board again for another try. Other affordable option include Juan Nicasio and Steve Cishek.

Honestly, if we sign any of the 2 player I’ve mentioned, I’ll be ok. Not happy, but ok. The AL East is great again and the Jays can’t afford to stand still. Shatkins needs to spend at least 35 million in order to make this team competitive. I don’t think we will, but I can hope. What I truly believe is that we’ll be selling by the deadline, getting ready for a rebuild. Sad.

This is depressing, we should end off on a happier note by watching that asshole OJ get hurt again.

 

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