The Blue Jays will try, in the coming days, to recover from a difficult defeat.
The club of the Queen City lost by letting go a big lead and it will be necessary, within the organization, to explain it. After all, it’s another year the Jays’ heart doesn’t win in the playoffs…
The Blue Jays’ last playoff win was in 2016. Since then, all the players are gone and the new guys have to prove they can win games, too.
But for that, adjustments will have to be made. No big changes, but adjustments to solidify John Schneider’s group.
The latter should also return in 2023.
After all, the club doesn’t want to fall victim to a Toronto curse like the one that visibly afflicts the Maple Leafs…
First, it should be noted that the club will not have large mass departures via the free agent market. Ross Stripling, David Phelps and Jackie Bradley Jr. are the three big names who will be free as air this winter. It would be a shame to lose Stripling, but there is no star who can leave.
Note also that he was not going to say the opposite, but that the pitcher is open to staying.
After the 2023 season, the situation will be different and several players (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Matt Chapman, Teoscar Hernandez, Whit Merrifield, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Raimel Tapia, Anthony Bass and Adam Cimber) will be able to leave. Note that Merrifield has a mutual option in 2024 ($ 18 million) which should be rejected, which will surely make him a free agent.
This means that next year, the club will have to take advantage of a certain window and must not miss its chance before seeing certain players leave.
To go a long way, a good starter and relief help will have to be added – and that’s even if Phelps and Stripling live in town.
So this winter, in addition to some long-term contract extensions for future free agents or youngsters like Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and/or Alek Manoah, Ross Atkins will have to take his club to the next level. Nothing too serious.