We are two weeks into the new year and the 2021 MLB Rumors begin to heat up. The Toronto Blue Jays have remained quiet in the free-agent market. The only noise came with the announcement of President and CEO Mark Shapiro agreeing to a five-year contract extension.
2021 MLB Rumors: Blue Jays Remain Patient.
The 2021 MLB rumors mill is in full swing with plenty of big-name players left on the board. The “second-tier” players have begun to fall off the board as teams are remaining cautious with the contract values this season.
Other potential free-agent targets in the sights of Blue Jays management also include second-baseman D.J LeMahieu and pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano. The Blue Jays have re-engaged in talks with second baseman D.J LeMahieu who is a strong candidate and would help shore-up the infield and help the Blue Jays win now.
2021 MLB Rumors: Blue Jays in Need of Pitching
The Toronto Blue Jays most notably are in need at the pitcher position, specifically a number 2 starting pitcher. With Nate Pearson expected to see a bigger role in 2021 and the return of Warren Spahn Award winner Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Blue Jays are looking for a solidified number two. The Blue Jays have interviewed Trevor Bauer and also entertained Tomoyoki Sugano before he returned to Japan.
Toronto is in need of someone who can compliment Ryu as a 1,2 punch, and also help guide young Nate Pearson along the way. This would put Nate Pearson as your number 3 pitcher and allowing fewer games to manage the arm if needed.
Corey Kluber held a showcase in front of 25 MLB teams, among those teams watching was the Toronto Blue Jays. Corey coming off a broken forearm in 2019 is looking to return to the mound. The ten-year veteran has a 98-58 win-loss record and a 3.16 ERA.
MLB Rumors: Blue Jays in on George Springer
There is no mistaking the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays could use the help and experience of outfielder George Springer. He has been linked to the Blue Jays, New York Mets, and the Texas Rangers in recent weeks. The two favorites have been New York and Toronto, considering the money left to spend for each ball team.
George Springer would solidify the outfield allowing Manager Charlie Montoyo the luxury of having options. Don’t forget his abilities at the plate and the case is easily made as to why the Blue Jays could really use his talents in Toronto for years to come. Reports have Springer looking for a five-year contract in the $150 Million USD range.
Blue Jays: When will they sign someone?
That is the hundred million dollar question for many Toronto Blue Jays fans as the gruelingly slow off-season wears on. With only one major announcement coming with the Mark Shapiro extension, the faithful want a big splash signing and they want it now.
The Toronto Blue Jays might not make the big splash you’re looking for, Mark Shapiro is open to the idea of spreading the money around in the Free Agent market. This could be a realistic plan however, with middle-tier players being signed the Blue Jays are running out of options.
Blue Jays Rumors: Does RHP Taijuan Walker Return?
Could the right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker return for the Blue Jays, it’s very likely judging by his recent social media post. Factor in his 2-1 record and an impressive 1.37 ERA after arriving in Toronto from Seattle in 2020 and the case is strong.
Only time will tell, the Toronto Blue Jays remain patient and quiet so far this off-season. Toronto along with the majority of the ball teams in MLB are remaining cautious due to the uncertainty with our economic system.
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