Wednesday, March 5, 2008

'08 RAPs: Toronto Blue Jays

Due to an increased comfort level and belief that the Jays will be able to contend this year, GM J.P.Riccardi has remained somewhat silent this off-season. While the notion that the Jays are going to be able to contend at all in the East, without an upgrade, is very premature, I can understand Riccardi's reluctance to venture out into the very shallow free agent pool. However, there is really no reason that the Blue Jays should be considered contenders after such a quiet winter, in which their only two moves involved downgrading their third baseman and signing a pesky, aging shortstop.
Here's just how quiet the off-season was for the Jays:
-Traded third baseman Troy Glaus to the Cardinals for third baseman Scott Rolen
-Signed shortstop David Eckstein to a one-year deal.
-Signed outfielder Shannon Stewart to a minor league contract.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Roy Halladay
SP2: A.J. Burnett
SP3: Dustin McGowan
SP4: Shaun Marcum
SP5: Jesse Litsch
CL: B.J. Ryan
SUM: Jeremy Accardo

DH: Frank Thomas
C: Gregg Zaun
1B: Lyle Overbay
2B: Aaron Hill
SS: David Ecksein
3B: Scott Rolen
LF: Reed Johnson
CF: Vernon Wells
RF: Alex Rios

Easiest- Scott Rolen and David Eckstein will combine for less than 250 games.
Boldest- A.J. Burnett will post an ERA over 5.00.
Team MVP- B.J. Ryan (35-50 sv. sub-2.75 ERA).
Best Season- Roy Halladay (12-16 wins, sub 3.75-ERA).
Best Hitter- Alex Rios (25-35 HR, 90-110 RBI).
Breakout Player- Brandon League (sub-3.00 ERA).

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