After missing out on the opportunity to sign Shohei Ohtani, the Toronto Blue Jays are left to ponder their next moves. Last week, an inaccurate report emerged that Ohtani was on his way to meet with the Blue Jays. Canadians followed the speculation quite closely, eagerly awaiting the news of a potential signing. Unfortunately, their hopes were dashed when Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700-million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Throughout the offseason, the Blue Jays had been hopeful of signing Ohtani, and with odds starting from +3000 to eventually landing at even money, it seemed that Toronto was a strong contender. The team went all out in their pursuit of the superstar, even hosting him at their spring training complex in Florida. However, the Dodgers, who were the favorites all along, secured Ohtani’s commitment.
So, what does this mean for the Blue Jays’ offseason moving forward? Pitching remains the team’s strongest asset, and they are reportedly eyeing Japanese pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto. However, they could use their financial resources to address the deficiencies in their lineup, with holes at third base, second base, and corner outfield/designated hitter positions. They may consider veteran options in the free-agent market or explore possible trades to bolster their roster.
The Blue Jays have the fifth-shortest odds at +1100 to win the World Series and the third-shortest odds at +500 to capture the American League pennant, signifying that they still have potential to compete at a high level in the upcoming season. Despite missing out on Ohtani, there are opportunities for the Blue Jays to improve their roster and regain momentum for the future.