How The Blue Jays Can Salvage Their Uninspiring Offseason

Andrew Stoeten
January 06 2017 02:53PM

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Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro

Edwin Encarnaciôn was officially introduced to the media in Cleveland on Thursday. The previous night he was met with rapturous applause when shown on the scoreboard attending a Cavaliers game. For fans in Toronto, it has been understandably surreal to watch, and tough to swallow; small-market Cleveland, which vanquished the Jays and their powerful lineup in the ALCS last October, ending up with their star slugger for the next three seasons. Meanwhile, the wealthy and incredibly popular team north of the border spins its wheels at precisely the moment it feels like it needs most to be bold.

How could this happen? And how can the Blue Jays salvage this strange and so-far thoroughly unsatisfying offseason?

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Andrew Stoeten, co-creator of Drunk Jays Fans, has written about, podcasted, tweeted, lived and breathed Toronto Blue Jays baseball full time since 2006. He sometimes responds to emails to stoeten@gmail.com. Follow him: @AndrewStoeten.