Offseason

Are the Blue Jays Interested in These Hitters? A Flowchart Guide

With relatively few free agents off the market, the Toronto Blue Jays have any number of options out there when it comes to constructing their roster for the 2017 season.

The Blue Jays have been connected several high-profile free agents already: Dexter Fowler, Steve Pearce and Josh Reddick to name a few. However, if you drill down the requirements which the Blue Jays are looking for, the field thins out quite a bit.

How much does it thin out? If you follow this free agent/trade market flow chart, you’ll see how quickly many of the Blue Jays free agent options evaporate.



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Once you take away the requirement of the hitters being left-handed, that narrows the market significantly. And then when you factor in multi-position availability and/or switch-hitters, the field dwindles down to a handful of guys.

So while someone like Steve Pearce or Josh Reddick may not be the sexiest names on the free agent market, they check a lot of boxes on the Blue Jays’ offseason wish list.

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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