As we continue our series (after my way too long delay) in which we look at how each 2015 playoff team can go about the offseason in order to chase a ring in 2016, we shift from one offensive powerhouse in the Chicago Cubs to another in the Toronto Blue Jays. The offseason acquisition of Josh Donaldson proved to be huge as he won league MVP honors while leading his team to the second best record in the American League. Let’s see how we can get this potent offense into the World Series for 2016. For more of an introduction, see the first piece in the series about the Yankees.
Since so much has already happened in the offseason, I will be looking at the deals each team has already made and giving my input. I will keep the mostly inconsequential ones, but for the most part I will be making my moves as though the offseason has not yet started and all of the free agents are still out there and all the traded players are put back on their original teams.
1. Lost general manager Alex Anthopoulos
I’ll keep this brief since these articles have been about the players, but this could hurt more than anything else that happens to the Blue Jays, including losing David Price. Anthopoulos had been among the most active general managers in the past few years and he built a contender just before he left the team. Toronto fans better hope that Tony LaCava has a similar vision of this team.