The Blue Jays may be nowhere close to being competitive, but you can, uh, rest your head easy knowing that two former players played key roles in helping the Red Sox win yet another World Series.
The Jays dealt away J.A. Happ, Josh Donaldson, and a whole wealth of other players this year prior to the trade deadline, but Steve Pearce ended up being the guy who won it all. Pearce caught fire in Boston, slashing a .279/.394/.507 line with seven homers down the stretch. He then absolutely mashed in the playoffs, hitting key homers in Game 4 and Game 5 to help the Sox to the World Series and was awarded World Series MVP.
But, uh, Santiago Espinal! Woo! I mean, in all seriousness, nobody expected Pearce to perform like this. If they did, there would have been a higher demand for him and the Jays would have got more back in the trade. Still, boy does it suck handing a player like that to a division rival. Being a farm team to the real teams isn’t a fun feeling.
And then there’s David Price. Remember when he signed with the Red Sox and he said he was saving all his playoff wins for Boston? Well, he wasn’t joking. Price finally pitched well in the playoffs after choking for years. He tossed a nice game in a Game 2 win for the Sox and then pitched seven dominant frames in the series-clinching Game 5. Fuck, if only we had that David Price in 2015.