After a memorable 10-day stretch highlighted by the acquisitions of George Springer and Marcus Semien, the Blue Jays are already a much better team than they were when last season ended.
They’re in a good spot – a legitimate contender on paper – but they haven’t come this far only to stop here. The addition of Steven Matz late Thursday reinforces as much, and more moves may be coming.
So what are the remaining ways to improve the roster further and what consequences would those moves have for the team’s existing players? Let’s take a look …
What does the Matz deal mean? Is Bauer off the table?
Even after adding Matz, the Blue Jays’ biggest need is a starting pitcher who slots in behind Hyun-Jin Ryu. Given that Matz struggled badly in 2020 and is on a non-guaranteed arbitration salary of $5.2 million, the Blue Jays can still be expected to keep looking for pitching.
Starting atop the market, the chances of a deal with Trevor Bauer appear to have dropped considerably over the last couple of weeks. While the Blue Jays had enough interest to meet with Bauer on New Year’s Eve, he’s in a position to ask for $30 million or more per season and the Blue Jays don’t sound like a team about to make further splashes.