Toronto Blue Jays fans have had their emotions toyed with all offseason.
With Paul Beeston speculating that the Jays’ 2012 opening day payroll could be as high as $120 million, nearly every big-name free agent has been linked to the Jays at one point or another. I, like many other overly optimistic fans, thought the Blue Jays were finally ready to spend money like the Yankees and Red Sox after four consecutive fourth-place finishes in the AL East.
I commend Alex Anthopoulos, as he has made some crafty moves this offseason. Strengthening the Jays’ bullpen with the additions of Sergio Santos, Jason Frasor and Darren Oliver was a step in the right direction.
In addition, Kelly Johnson was the best second baseman on the market, and keeping him in Toronto was a promising move. It’s also hard to argue against his decision to avoid arbitration with Colby Rasmus.
While Anthopoulos has made good moves thus far, the Blue Jays are no closer to contention.
The Jays have done nothing to improve their starting rotation, and I don’t see them making any major moves to do so before the season begins. Unfortunately, the trade market for a top-rotation pitcher is inflated.
Sports transactions are based on precedence, and the Mat Latos, Gio Gonzalez and Michael Pineda deals are setting the market price. The top pitcher on the trading block seems to be Matt Garza, and Theo Epstein will likely command a lot in return.
The Jays have a solid team. They have Jose Bautista, and he is surrounded by a young and talented lineup.
Having said that, the Jays could definitely do themselves a favor by bringing in another established bat. One superstar does not cut it anymore, especially in the toughest division in baseball.
To win in the MLB, one must score more runs than their opponent. Sounds simple, right?
Well, if the Jays don’t plan on making an attempt to lower the amount of runs they allow, only one solution exists. They need to out-slug everybody.
The Jays have yet to make that big splash this offseason, and there is one big fish left in the sea. His name is Prince Fielder.
A 40-homerun threat from the left side of the plate would easily give the Jays the most fearsome lineup in the American League.
Don’t get me wrong—the Blue Jays don’t need Prince. He cannot fix the Jays’ rotation problems, nor can he lower the amount of saves the bullpen will blow. He is simply icing on a subpar cake. Nobody cares how bad the cake is if the icing is phenomenal.
Here are 10 reasons why the Blue Jays should go all in for Prince Fielder.