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Toronto Blue Jays Roster Improving for 2021

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The 2020 Toronto Blue Jays roster put together a season that showed positive signs for a young roster and inexperienced team, a team making positive strides to be a regular playoff contender. They had a 2020 season record of 32 wins and 28 losses and a date in the AL Wild Card game. With a playoff birth for the young Blue Jays, this leads to a positive outlook for the upcoming 2021 season.

Toronto Blue Jays Roster: 2020 Season Recap

The young stars on the Toronto Blue Jays roster took another leap in their development and drove the team, scoring a total of 302 runs, good enough for second-best in the AL East. In addition, they had a pitching rotation led by a Cy Young Award candidate in Hyun-Jin Ryu and a bullpen that did a 180-degree turnaround from recent years, There is definitely a reason for excitement and optimism for the Toronto faithful.

Toronto Blue Jays Roster: 2021 Season Outlook

The 2021 MLB season has fans everywhere excited, maybe the most excited is the Toronto Blue Jays faithful. Another person on that bandwagon as Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo is excited to see his team take the next step, and is also smiling at the free-agent market as a team that is looking to spend.

Montoyo is front and center in terms of selling the Toronto Blue Jays roster to potential free agents looking for a new home, he’s also assumed the role of “hypeman” as he gives the Blue Jays a push to becoming a number one contending team for years to come.

Blue Jays CEO Mark Shapiro has said they’re not focusing on one elite player in free agency, they may take a different approach. Shapiro eluded to the versatility of the Jays roster which makes it easier to look at various options on the market.

Toronto Blue Jays Roster is Young and Versatile

A young Toronto Blue Jays roster with players that have the ability to play multiple positions makes this team even more exciting, not to mention Vladimir Guerrero Jr. shedding weight and him dominating his winter league. There are lots to get excited about. Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette will take big steps forward with the experience gained.

The focus is on preparing the team, a team that is on the rise and ready to make a charge for a title in the future. The Jays have their core players locked up for three to seven years giving them a large window to make a run for another pennant.

Toronto Blue Jays Roster Transactions

The Toronto Blue Jays roster transaction update for the month of December includes two players electing free agency. Third baseman Travis Shaw and pitcher A.J Cole headed to the open market.

Toronto claimed right-handed pitcher Anthony Castro from the Detroit Tigers and right-hander Walker Lockett from the Seattle Mariners. Free-agent signings this month have brought in First baseman Tyler White who signed a Minor League contract with an invite to spring training. Shortstop Richard Urena signed a Minor League contract and secured an invitation to spring training, and centerfielder Forrest Wall has signed a Minor League deal and will also have an invite to spring training.

A few small moves for the Blue Jays with plenty of room left to make a big splash, Mark Shapiro and staff are working diligently to make sure the Jays are set up for success. The Toronto Blue Jays like many clubs have a lot of uncertainty in their future. A place to play could pose a possible issue once again, however, with the team playing in Buffalo last season it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a place to call home.

44 years of Toronto Blue Jays baseball and eight playoff appearances has Toronto fans salivating over what could be in the years to come. This is a team that’s looking to bring home the organization’s third championship.

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