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2021 Blue Jays: Spring Training Update

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The Toronto Blue Jays are another day closer to Grapefruit League action and the beginning of the 2021 MLB season. The 2021 Blue Jays, like every team, are preparing to partake in another year. The Blue Jays are looking to live up to the high expectations set by a flurry of moves in MLB free agency.

2021 Blue Jays: Outfield Battles

The Toronto Blue Jays have the fortunate problem of too much talent with not enough spots for them, may the best man win. Toronto will have decisions to make with 5 signed outfielders and only three positions up for grabs.

George Springer will take one of those spots as he prepares for his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays. This will leave Randal Grichuk, Jonathan Davis, Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Josh Palacios to battle it out for the remaining two positions. The Blue Jays could slot Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the outfield in order to get him in the lineup without taking someone out of the infield.

The Blue Jays will have to decide between Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez if they decide to put Gurriel Jr. in one of the outfield positions. Teoscar Hernandez returns as the defending Silver Slugger in 2020, the Blue Jays will want to have him in the lineup as much as possible. Randal Grichuk, however, will need to get some action regularly, leaving the option of a platoon-style rotation a very likely possibility to begin the season.

2021 Blue Jays: New Year, Same Threads

The Toronto Blue Jays welcome new additions and returning players for a new year. The Blue Jays have an abundance of talent on their roster heading into the 2021 season.

Left-handed pitcher Steven Matz dawned his new threads in Dunedin, Florida. Matz was recently acquired via trade from the New York Mets.

Relief pitcher and the Blue Jays potential closer Kirby Yates joined fellow teammates as he emerged in his new threads. Yates will look to lock down the closer role for Toronto in 2021. This was made even more likely with the departure of Ken Giles during the off-season.

2021 Blue Jays: Home Sweet Home

The Toronto Blue Jays will begin their 2021 regular season in Dunedin, Florida at TD Bank Park, they have also unveiled there recently upgraded player’s development facilities.

The newly renovated 110,000 square foot facility will include two dining rooms, eight locker rooms, two training rooms, two fuel bars, three sports labs, a full-service barber studio, pool, sauna, classrooms, conference rooms, and offices.

LHP Tim Mayza Returning

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza spoke with media in Dunedin, Florida. The left-handed pitcher had Tommy John’s surgery a year and a half ago, he’s looking to return to action after rehabbing. He told the media that his body feels great and he feels that he is past the rehab phase, also noted his two-seam fastball is better than it was in 2019.

Tim Mayza, now 29-years old had a 1-3 record in 2019, finishing with a 4.91 ERA in 68 games for the Blue Jays.

The Toronto Blue Jays have options and plenty of flexibility with the roster, Charlie Montoyo will not be short of options when the season begins. The Blue Jays will utilize all the talents at their disposal, looking to return to the postseason in 2021.

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