Got Melky, Blue Jays?
Blue Jays World Series bound after early off-season haul?
I find myself giddy for baseball in November all of a sudden. Yeah, I know this is not really the right time to talk baseball after the World Series ended just about a month ago, but this is just incredible for base¬ball in Canada. TWU Blue Jays fans! I know you’re out there! I see you wearing your caps once in a while. Boy, have we got a season to look forward to. For those of you who are confused, let me break this down for you.
Toronto Blue Jays fans have been patient. Some may have believed that the back-to-back World Series titles in 1992-1993 would be the last they would see by the way things were shaping up at the Rogers Centre. But things started to get promising as a 32 year old Alex Anthopoulos took over as General Manager for the Blue Jays and promised a contending team and preached patience at the same time.
Anthopoulos’ debut as a GM in 2009 didn’t start off promising as he traded away ace pitcher Roy Halladay, who wanted out to have a shot at a championship. But slowly it seems that Anthopoulos has been very smartly building up this team. The Blue Jays are known to have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, as they are developing plenty of young talent for the future. Two of them being Anthony Gose, who played 56 impressive games as a rookie for the Jays this past season, and Travis D’Arnaud, who is probably the best catcher prospect in the game today. Even though the Blue Jays have all this young talent, it would take a lot of time and a lot more patience, which was running out.
Last off-season, Anthopoulos decided that he would try to make an off-season splash for the Blue Jays. There were talks that they would be the highest bidder to win the rights to signing Japanese-Iranian superstar pitcher, Yu Darvish, however, Texas outbid them. Then they tried for big free agent Prince Fielder, only to have him sign with the Detroit Tigers. Although luck wasn’t on the side of the Blue Jays last year, Anthopoulos went back to work.
Last Wednesday, the big news in sports was a blockbuster of a trade between the Blue Jays and the Miami Marlins. The trade would send Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to the Jays in return for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, and prospects. This being one of the most lopsided trades in MLB history instantly took the talent out of Miami and made Toronto instant contenders. However, Anthopoulos was not done yet. Two days after the trade it was reported that the Blue Jays have signed free agent Melky Cabrera to a two-year deal. This was the icing on the cake for the Blue Jays. Now they have added offense in Reyes and Cabrera, while improving their rotation at the same time. With it being this early in the off-season it is very exciting to see what else may happen. But even if the season started now, the Blue Jays look to be definite contenders. Many still believe that they would not beat the Yankees for the division title, but I would think that. The Yankees are good, yes, but they are an aging lineup. It seems to me that the Blue Jays are locked to win at least a wild card spot.
As a true baseball fan it would be an absolute joy to see playoff baseball in Canada once again. Remember, the Blue Jays aren’t just Toronto’s team; they’re Canada’s team. To you guys who live in Toronto during the summer, catch as many games as you can and support this team. You will not regret it!