The Toronto Blue Jays have made some huge moves here in the early stages of the offseason that could make them the favorite to win the AL East in 2013. They have now signed free agent Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal after landing Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio in a huge trade.
The Blue Jays were a decent team last season before injuries to key players derailed the season, but they still managed to finish a respectable 79-83. The Jays could have one of the best hitting lineups in MLB. DH Edwin Encarnacion finally put everything together at the plate last season with a solid .280 batting average, 42 home runs, and drove in 110 runs. Plus slugger Jose Bautista should return healthy.
There’s some speculation that the Jays may also be in the hunt for another starting pitcher before their offseason shopping is completed. Edwin Jackson could be a potential target for them.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s reviewing last week’s 12 player trade with the Miami Marlins that shocked the baseball world. I think Selig’s “review” is nothing more than lip service to calm things down. The Marlins have taken a well deserved media bashing over the deal since it was announced.
I’d be shocked if Selig does anything about it. It took him almost 20 years to do anything about the steroid issue.
Here’s Commissioner Selig’s comments on the “review”:
“I am aware of the anger (among some Marlins fans), I’m also aware that in Toronto, they’re very happy. But I’m sensitive to (the reaction in Miami). We’re doing great, but I have a great sensitivity to fans and people in areas. Remember, my career started because the Milwaukee Braves went to Atlanta and I never forgot the hurt that I felt and everybody around. So I’m not insensitive to that. I’ve lived through it.”