2010 Toronto Blue Jays Preview

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 3, 2010

BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 28:  Vernon Wells #10 of the Toronto Blue Jays watches his hit in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox on September 28, 2009 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays made some big changes within the organization this offseason. They traded away their best player in franchise history in Roy Halladay but got back terrific prospects like third baseman Brett Wallace and pitcher Brendan Morrow who will help the organization a lot in the future.

They Blue Jays also signed closer Kevin Gregg to replace Jason Frasor in the closer role. Gregg pitched for the Chicago Cubs last season and collected 23 saves in 30 opportunities. Gregg also had 29 saves for the Marlins the previous year.

The only player of note left on the team is center fielder Vernon Wells. His numbers dropped off significantly last season. He dropped 40 points in his batting average and only hit 15 homers while playing 155 games.

That is five less homers than in 2008 in which he only played 108 games because of injury. I expect Wells to get traded during the season. I don’t think he has much use for the Blue Jays.

I expect big power numbers from Adam Lind and maybe even some help from third baseman Edwin Encarnacion who they traded for during the ‘09 trading deadline in exchange for Scott Rolen.

CA: John Buck
1B: Lyle Overbay
2B: Aaron Hill
3B: Edwin Encarnacion
SS: Alex Gonzalez
LF: Travis Snider
CF: Vernon Wells
RF: Jose Bautista
DH: Adam Lind

SP: Ricky Romero
SP: Shawn Marcum
SP: Brendan Morrow
SP: Marc Rzepczynski
SP: Scott Richmond
CP: Kevin Gregg