There are teams that made a lot of big moves in the 2012-2013 off-season and then there are the Toronto Blue Jays. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos took the gloves off when searching for big changes to his 2012 ball club. Sometimes big off-season moves make a big difference and sometimes they don’t. For the Blue Jays, there is almost no way they won’t see huge dividends from their new players.
For starters, no pun intended, we’ll look at R.A. Dickey. The signing of the National League Cy Young winner for 2012 is a clear great way to boost the starting rotation. Dickey has had struggles in the past in the American League which could be an issue. Considering his current level of experience and expertise, it’s probably an all good move for the Jays. Other starting pitching signings were Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson. Gaining roughly 627 innings worth of pitchers will also take pressure off of an unsure bullpen.
Bringing in Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio might make the offensive potential rival that of the Los Angeles Angels. In addition to their current and newly signed power, Reyes and Bonifiacio are so fast they can score faster than eyes can see. If Dickey can prove his former AL woes are a thing of the past and they get bounce back years from a few others on the top five, this might wind up being the best GM-led turnaround we’ve seen in years.