Ross Atkins and the rest of the Toronto Blue Jays brain trust appear fully content laying in the weeds this offseason as free agents continue to sign elsewhere.
Patience appears to be the offseason plan as the Blue Jays have yet to dip into the free agent market as of yet. The Jays look as if they will fill in the remaining roster pieces from the free agent scrap pile at the conclusion of the offseason.
Atkins will in all likelihood build his bullpen much like last season, signing proven veterans on below-market deals with the intention of flipping them at the trade deadline. That paid dividends last season with John Axford and Seunghwan Oh.
President Mark Shapiro addressed the media earlier this week acknowledging that the Blue Jays are not going to pace the free agent market, which has been very evident thus far.
“We’re not going to pace the market, that’s just not where we are because there’s not that sense of urgency at one position that we feel like is so important for us to improve for next season’s ballclub.”
With the exception of the Aledmys Diaz trade, the Jays have been fairly quiet on the trade front this offseason as well. Their surprising Rule 5 selection of 18-year old Elvis Luciano and the Troy Tulowitzki exodus have been the most talked about moves thus far this offseason as we round into the holiday season.
So don’t expect to find a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado under the Blue Jays Christmas tree this Festivus season. However, Atkins may score a Jeremy Hellickson or Drew Pomeranz in a Boxing Day blowout sale.