When Ross Atkins sat down with the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America on Wednesday, he made it clear there was a lot he couldn’t say. Atkins is well known for being guarded and vague, and with former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos in hot water over his comments about free agency, the atmosphere wasn’t ripe for Atkins to be at his most forthcoming. Perhaps most telling was his answer to whether he felt free agency or the trade market seems like the best avenue to improve his club.
Posted: December 5, 2019, 9:34 pm
The Toronto Blue Jays have made their off-season shopping priorities pretty clear so far. With a low payroll commitment, an infield stocked with young talent in need of plenty of playing time and an outfield filled with players hoping to prove themselves worthy of a full-time job, number one — and two and three, if we’re being honest — on the shopping list is to acquire some reliable starting pitching. On Monday, Jon Morosi of the MLB Network linked the Blue Jays with a pair of higher tier free-agent arms available on the market, reporting for the second time of the day that the team has checked in on Dallas Keuchel and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Posted: December 4, 2019, 4:56 am