Team Strengths: Toronto finished fifth in the majors in home runs last season. While a lot of the power came with reduced highs and middling on-base proportions, people should enhance with Danny Jansen taking over at catcher, the looming ascension of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and subtracting Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte.
Team Weaknesses: The Blue Jays had the fourth-worst ERA in baseball last year (4.85). The main culprit was the starting rotation, which posted a 5.14 ERA as Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez fought with injuries, J.A. Happ has been exchanged and Marco Estrada declined. Even though the Blue Jays developed pitching well in the first part of the decade, the well has dried up. The Blue Jays selected a pitcher using their first-round pick in four straight drafts from 2013-16. None of those four are at position or the majors amongst Toronto’s top 10 prospects.
What They Did About It: The Jays brought in declining veterans Matt Shoemaker and Clayton Richard to round out the rotation. There is depth beyond the starting five with Sean Reid-Foley and prospect acquisition Trent Thornton, but projects to be overly impactful from the spinning.
Last Outlook: The Blue Jays should have a solid offense, particularly after Guerrero Jr. comes up, but the lack of arms means third position is likely their best-case scenario.