2014 MLB Preview and Rankings: #25 Toronto Blue Jays

Published: Mar 11, 2014 03:11am EDT
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Mar 11, 2014 @ 03:11am EDT

 

Spring training games have already begun and Opening Day is still a few weeks away, but the rite of passage that comes every Spring and finally getting to see actual ballgames going on in Florida and Arizona is enough to get any fan going.

There is still a lot of work to be done for some teams, position battles, last minute signings and so on. While one of the best things about Spring Training is that when it starts, anything can happen and every team has a chance.  Unfortunately for many teams those hopes can be shattered and lost by May.

As we begin playing ball, we have a pretty good idea of where each team stands and while each season is unpredictable, things can change at the drop of an Ace lefties torn rotator cuff.  

Over the next few weeks we'll give you a preseason ranking and analysis of each team daily.  feel free to disagree and voice your opinion

So with with all that being said, here we go:

 

25. Toronto Blue Jays

The 2013 Toronto Blue Jays went into the season with legitimate hopes to be a contender. On paper they had one of the toughest lineups and stronger rotations. By seasons end, due to a major rash of injuries and team-wide under performance, this team closed out the 2013 campaign in last in the AL East with a 74-88 record.

Going into the new season, 2014 doesn't look to be much better for the Jays and that could end up being unfortunate for GM Alex Anthopoulos as it will likely cost him his job.

With an offense led by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion plus the added veterean presence of players like Jose Reyes, Adam Lind, Colby Rasmus and Melky Cabrera one could once again look at this team as having a solid offense, however, for the most part this is the same core offense that was surprisingly in the bottom half of most offensive categories in 2013, despite playing in a slightly hitter friendly home park.

Offense isn't their only problem.  The Jays starting rotation is led by former Cy Young winner (but very pedestrian) R.A. Dickey and it just goes downhill from there.  Toronto's  rotation defines "journeymen" and the bullpen screams "mediocrity". Their staff in and of itself is their biggest Achilles and will be what keeps them down in 2014.

The Jays are the first team at the bottom of this list to buck the trend of teams going in the right direction.  A rebound season may not be out of the question for this team, but playing in a tough division that includes the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, a New York Yankee team that has gone back to their old pennant buying ways, and a steady, consistent Tampa Bay Rays squad (some arguments can also be made for the Baltimore Orioles as well), doesn't bode well for our neighbors to the North.

In reality, the Blue Jays are a team that likely will be in sell mode by July (or June, or maybe even late May) and going into full on re-build mode. Anthopoulos will be doing what he can to save his job and/or show that he deserves the chance for one more year.  

Unless the Blue Jays can avoid a fourth consecutive losing season, that scenario is unlikely. Expect a house cleaning.

Prediction: 71-91

                                     

                                                             ***PREVIOUS RANKINGS***

30. Houston Astros  62-100

 

 

 

29. Miami Marlins 64-98

 

 

 

28. Chicago White Sox 66-96

 

 

 

27. Minnesota Twins 67-95

26. Chicago Cubs  70- 92


 

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