Thursday, December 22, 2016
The baseball off season is a time of angst and speculation. Worry about roster construction, payroll parameters, budgets, who is out of options, depth signings, organizational changes is enough to drive a fan to the point of drink,drank,drunk.So while we get concerned over the current state of affairs, as we consider the future of our beloved Blue Jays, let's remember what happened last off season leading up to opening day. It's about to happen all over again.
13th -Marco Estrada signed after declaring free agency on November 2nd
20th -Traded Chavez to Oakland for Liam Hendriks
27th- Signed FA JA Happ
4th- Signed FA Josh Thole
10th- Claimed Joe Biagini from the Giants
11th -Signed FA Darwin Barney
18th -Claimed Junior Lake from Baltimore
5th- Oakland traded Arnold Leon to Toronto for cash
8th- Revere was traded to Washington for Storen
1st- Signed Maicer Izturis to a minor league contract
10th- Outrighted Chad Jenkins to Buffalo
6th Signed FA Gavin Floyd
A lot of roster moves, assignments to Buffalo etc.
Notable- Izturis retired and Delabar was released.
2nd -Signed FA LHP Franklin Morales
10th - Placed Franklin Morales on the 15 day DL due to left shoulder fatigue
The point of all this, is to remember, there's going to be a lot of changes and happenings to the Jays between now, through Spring Training and of course the regular season.
Let's remember the names of some of those 2016 Jays players, who you may have forgotten.
Jimmy Parades, Junior Lake, Darrell Ceciliani, Chris Colabello, Andy Burns, Matt Dominguez, Gavin Floyd, Danny Barnes, Chad Girado, Pat Venditte, Bo Schultz, Arnold Leon, Scott Feldman, Dustin Antolin, Matt Dermody.
Happ, Estrada and Biagini had huge impacts. It's interesting to remember what players we had hope for last year.
What do you remember about last off season? What will you remember about this offseason?
Look into your crystal ball.