2021 MLB Predictions: Blue Jays on the Rise

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2021 MLB Predictions
BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Jonathan Villar #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays leads the celebration after the Blue Jays 7-3 victory over the New York Mets at Sahlen Field on September 13, 2020 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images)

It’s time for 2021 MLB predictions, the Blue Jays edition. The Toronto Blue Jays are coming off a shortened season but a successful one. A return to the playoffs with a young group is a good sign for the Toronto faithful. With little turnover, the Blue Jays are set up for another run at the playoffs. These 2021 MLB predictions will evaluate the Toronto lineup, along with how much potential the club has at contending to an AL East crown.

2021 MLB Predictions: Blue Jays Lineup Needs

The Toronto Blue Jays are one of few teams that have an abundance of money to spend, currently sitting at roughly $84 Million US. The stage is set for the Blue Jays to land a number one or two starting pitcher, which will help to solidify the pitching rotation. This is the focal point for the Blue Jays this off-season as they are looking for someone to compliment Warren Spahn Award winner Hyun-Jin Ryu. A big arm will also give Nate Pearson versatility throughout the rotation.

An addition for the infield, specifically third base for the Blue Jays, which is currently open for the taking. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will stay at first base with Rowdy Tellez and therefore leaving a hole at third. Santiago Espinal can fill the hole if needed, but an everyday third baseman would make life much easier for manager Charlie Montoyo.

Blue Jays Free Agent Rumors

Talks of Trevor Bauer surfaced after a New Year’s Eve video call with Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker. Toronto was in on the Tomoyuki Sugano sweepstakes as well, no deal was made in the 30-day window by any team in MLB.

2021 MLB Predictions: Blue Jays Roster

Catcher: Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk, Reese McGuire

1st Base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rowdy Tellez

2nd Base: Cavan Biggio

Shortstop: Bo Bichette

3rd Base: Santiago Espinal

Outfield: Randal Grichuk, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Teoscar Hernandez, Jonathan Davis

Pitching: Hyun-Jin Ryu, Nate Pearson, Trent Thornton, Robbie Ray, Tanner Roark

2021 MLB Predictions: Blue Jays to the top of the AL

The Toronto Blue Jays have jump-started their rise back to the top of the American League East division. A playoff berth in 2020 has amped the young team up for a run at a deeper playoff run in 2021. With additions still to be made, the improvements will add to the young and heavy-hitting Blue Jays, we’ve seen the last couple of seasons.

Toronto is still a couple of pieces away from being the dominant team that we all wish and hope for them to be, however, the addition of a solid arm that can take the number two spot behind Ryu would be a big boost to making that a fact. Add an infielder to help fill the void at third base and the Blue Jays will have a versatile lineup ready to compete for years to come. Toronto Blue Jays are on the rise in the American League.

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