Blue Jays Mailbag: Toronto Doesn’t Need Major Overhaul to Contend in 2018

The trade deadline has passed, and the Blue Jays are… looking toward 2018. And, in a lot of cases, beyond.


But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to talk about when it comes to this team. Quite the opposite, in fact! So let’s just go ahead and open up this week’s edition of the mailbag and feast on the goo inside…

If you have a Blue Jays question you’d like me to tackle for next week, be sure to send it to stoeten@gmail.com. As always, I have not read any of Griff’s answers.

Out of all the underperforming Jays this year, which can we attribute to injuries/age, and who can we expect a bounce back from next year?

We’ll start with this one because I think it leads best into the discussions that will come next. The key underperforming Blue Jays this year are: Troy Tulowitzki, Jose Bautista, Marco Estrada, Josh Donaldson, Kendrys Morales, and Aaron Sanchez. You could maybe add J.A. Happ to that list as well. And Devon Travis is, obviously, a giant question mark as well. OK, so let’s review…

I think Sanchez will be fine, and obviously he’s just been derailed this year by a blister problem that will eventually sort itself out. No worries there.


  • lukewarmwater

    Andrew I can’t help but think 2018 will be a year of experimentation with several new players, whether traded for, drafted, or ready to have a bigger go at the majors such as Alford , Smith and some of the young arms in the minors. That being the case, I expect the Jays to have an up and down season as they have this year. Let us not forget that some of the veterans with the huge contracts will be another year older. One would hope the baseball Gods would be more benevolent in 2018 as we have an unprecedented list of injuries. But we also have players such as Tulo who seem to suffer an injury every three months these days.
    The management of the Jays from Gibby to the front office must sail the good ship Jays through these rough seas till they reach the port of playoff return.
    I think you really nailed it the other day when you mentioned that the more prospects you got especially in the outfield , the better likelihood we find a true bonifide big league player who will lead the Jays back to the playoffs.
    In my humle opinion the Jays in the off season must concentrate on improving in speed, getting a solid lefty in the bull pen and add a better back up catcher to let Martin cut down on his number of games behind the plate. As you astutely point out, one would expect that Travis and Sanchez will be healthy next season and this will make a huge difference for the Jays.
    The days of going for that old 34 year old free agent with all that glorious past seasons is over. The Jays management should I hope simply try to improve the speed, the bull pen depth and improve the defence. Should they do this while still experimenting with some of the kids, I believe they will have meaningful games in September next year.

  • MLip

    Conspiracy theory:

    Rogers kept Kawasaki on board way past his expiration date and have now traded for Aoki to ingratiate themselves to the Japanese market.

    All of this a tactic to get an inside edge in signing Shohei Otani, who could fill holes in the Jays rotation and lineup as soon as 2018.

    Darvish, Tanaka, Maeda, Matsuzaka, et al. have proven Japanese players are the real deal and able to contribute immediately at the major league level — and Otani is better than them all.