5 Toronto Blue Jays Players Who Need To Dominate In 2013
5 Players The Toronto Blue Jays Needs To Have Huge Seasons
The Toronto Blue Jays are one of the most improved teams in all of baseball on paper this off-season. The Jays brain trust struck early and often in the off-season, landing four integral new additions in the likes of Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio in a blockbuster with the Miami Marlins.
The Jays then added free agent left fielder Melky Cabrera into the fold, and welcomed back former manager John Gibbons to steer the ship to meaningful baseball in October.
Feeling like there was still one piece missing, the Jays acquired Cy Young-winning pitcher R.A Dickey from the New York Mets to put the final exclamation point on a winter envied by many around the league.
The Blue Jays other notable additions were Henry Blanco, Lance Zawadzki, Claudio Vargas, Lars Anderson, Dave Bush, Mark DeRosa, Maicer Izturis, Alex Hinshaw, Justin Germano, Ramon Ortiz, Esmil Rogers, Michael Schwimer and Mickey Storey to round out the list.
Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos is the man known to Blue Jays fans as “The Silent Assassin”, and he's had a very busy winter wheeling and dealing.
However, if the Jays are going to be as dominant as many people predict, then the original nucleus of players needs to gel and bond with the new additions. You can stare at this All Star-laden lineup all day on paper, but it means nothing until they prove it between the lines.
So here are my five Toronto Blue Jays who need to have dominant seasons if the Blue Jays are going to contend for a Wold Series in 2013.
First and foremost the Toronto Blue Jays need a healthy Jose Bautista in 2013. Bautista missed half the season in 2012 with a wrist injury that required surgery. Bautista still has more home runs than any other major league player over the last three seasons. A healthy Joey Bats is the first step for the Blue Jays making a push for the playoffs.
The flamboyant Jose Reyes was acquired from the Miami Marlins, and has not stopped smiling since the trade. Reyes will look to solidify the middle infield for the Blue Jays while stealing a ton of bases. The Jays haven't had a true leadoff hitter since the departure of Tony Fernandez. Reyes will be leaned upon heavily to produce at the top of the order.
The 23-year old Canadian is poised for a breakout season with a full major league season under his belt. Lawrie should bat close to .300 with added pop in his bat this season if he can harness his reckless style of play. The signing of Mark DeRosa will go a long way in the development of Lawrie.
More than any other pitcher, the Blue Jays need Dickey to be that prototypical No. 1 at the front of the rotation. Dickey came at a hefty price for the Blue Jays, so he needs to assert himself and lead the starting rotation. The Jays' postseason dreams rely on the floating knuckle ball and the man who can harness it.
Romero was included because he has the capability to dominate if he can regain his 2011 form. After a disastrous 2012 season Romero finds himself as the fifth starter in the rotation he once led. Romero has the potential to be the best fifth starter in the league and could shore up the rotation nicely if he rebounds.