13 Free Agents That Could Be a Potential Fit with the Toronto Blue Jays
In a recent article published by The Athletic, a comprehensive analysis was conducted on 13 position players currently in free agency, excluding Shohei Ohtani, who could potentially join the Toronto Blue Jays. The team’s focus for the upcoming season will primarily revolve around third base, outfield, and designated hitter positions, following the departures of Matt Chapman, Kevin Kiermaier, and Brandon Belt, respectively.
Predicting Compatibility for the 2024 MLB Season
Here, we evaluate the potential compatibility of these 13 free agents with the Toronto Blue Jays as predicted by The Athletic for the upcoming 2024 MLB season.
Tim Anderson: A Proven Veteran with a Mysterious Power Drop-Off
Tim Anderson, an eight-year MLB veteran, has established himself as a formidable player known for his ability to hit for a high average and provide speed on the basepaths. However, the 2023 season brought about a perplexing decline in his power, resulting in abysmal offensive statistics. Anderson managed to hit only one home run and drive in 25 runs across 123 games played, while also setting career lows in batting average (.245) and OPS (.582).
Considering Anderson’s track record, it is reasonable to assume that his performance in 2023 was an extreme outlier, and he should be able to bounce back in the upcoming season. However, his primary position, shortstop, is currently occupied by Bo Bichette, a key player in the Jays’ organization for the foreseeable future. Although Anderson expressed his willingness to play at second base in addition to shortstop, the team is likely to explore internal options for that position, making Anderson an unsuitable fit for the Jays.