It has been a quiet offseason for the Toronto Blue Jays. The 2013 season finished well short of expectations, but highlighted a number of needed upgrades in order to compete in the AL East. An everyday second baseman and one or two consistent starters would go a long way in changing a decent lineup into a great one.
The Blue Jays have seen a few players leave via free agency, including starting pitcher Josh Johnson, catcher J.P. Arencibia and outfielder Rajai Davis. Meanwhile, the team has signed Arencibia’s successor, Dioner Navarro, and two players to minor league contracts: Tomo Ohka and Jared Goedert.
The moves have been minor and, except for Navarro, will likely have very little impact on the Major League team this season. Here, I have graded each of the Blue Jays’ moves. Each move has been awarded a letter grade based on the impact the move may have on the team and the cost at which it was completed.
The grades that are awarded are irrespective of whether or not the team should have done more or less to sign a different player. For example, the grade awarded to the Navarro signing is not impacted by my opinion on whether or not I believe the team should have done more to sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but rather how the move impacts the organization.
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