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Toronto Blue Jays: An Early Free Agency and Offseason Primer
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The Toronto Blue Jays have been mired in a terrible slump this month and have all but fallen out of the playoff race entirely.

Entering play Wednesday, the Blue Jays were 10 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the top spot in the American League East and 6.5 games out of the second wild-card spot in the AL.

With just 30 games left in the regular season, it will be very difficult for a Toronto team that has gone 3-7 in its last 10 games to claw back into contention.

If the Blue Jays indeed miss the playoffs yet again, it will be interesting to see what Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos will do this offseason in order to shake up the roster.

Because of a club policy that prohibits the team from offering free agents contracts exceeding five years, Toronto is rarely is a factor when it comes to recruiting the top free agents in the winter. So Blue Jays fans can forget about landing the likes of Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

This doesn’t mean that Toronto should stand pat once the season ends, though. Let’s take a look at some of the moves the Blue Jays need to make this offseason in order to have a better chance of contending next season.

 

All stats are from MLB.com and Baseball-Reference.com. These stats are current entering play on August 27, 2014.

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