Amidst Yankees’ Blockbuster Moves, Could the Blue Jays Revive a Faltering Off-Season?

Published 12/20/2023, 11:41 AM EST

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Sometimes high quality leads to more stress and no one knows this better than the AL East. The division consistently produces the highest quality of baseball, but the competition is also the steepest. Now that the New York Yankees have been doing phenomenal in this offseason, fans of their divisional rivals are worried. Especially of the Toronto Blue Jays, a team that is a direct sufferer of this Bronx winter spree.

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With the Toronto Blue Jays losing every one of their prime targets, things look shaky. With the Yankees making such a tremendous splash, can the Blue Jays save their offseason? Or are their hopes and dreams flying away to the New York sky?

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As The Athletic reported in a recent article, the AL East is “the toughest division in baseball”. Teams like the Blue Jays, Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Tampa Bay Rays are consistently one-upping each other. As a result, strengthening of one team can have adverse effects on others. This can be seen right now with the Blue Jays, who are suffering from the Bombers’ rise.

It was known from the beginning that Juan Soto was a major target of both the Pinstripes and the Blue Jays. Yet Toronto focused on Shohei Ohtani, while the Yankees completed the deal with Soto. Now that the Blue Birds have lost both, they’re stuck. On the other hand,  the Yankees have gone from strength to strength.

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Before getting Soto, they got themselves OF Alex Verdugo and have also added Trent Grisham. In one fell swoop the Bombers solved a majority of their outfield problem. Now, they’re even ahead in the Yoshinobu Yamamoto race.

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The only way the rest of the division can keep up is if they play their cards right. Even though the Blue Jays are behind, hope remains alive.

A massive ray of hope for the Toronto Blue Jays 

In Cody Bellinger, Toronto sees a release from all of this offseason pain. The 28-year-old would not only solve their outfield problem but is versatile enough to play in their other area of need – first base. And even though Bellinger isn’t the heavy hitter of yesteryears, he has developed a style of consistent hits.

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As a result, Blue Jays fans can still heave a sigh of relief. Things haven’t yet gotten out of hand yet, though things have certainly become more difficult. Yet there is no denying that the Blue Birds have the quality to soar high!

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Written by:

Sanskar Dubey

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“Rigidity leads to demise, while adaptability paves the path to vitality." Driven by a deep passion for sports, I’m glad I found baseball. Now serving as an MLB writer at EssentiallySports, I love to write about the thrilling tussle between the National League and American League throughout the season, although I may have a fondness for a particular Yankees icon named Alex Rodriguez.
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Arunima Bhanot

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