Should the Blue Jays start Re-building?

It has been quite some time now that we have seen the Toronto Blue Jays make the playoffs and contend for the World Series. In my perspective, every year the Blue Jays either start the year off very well and fall through the standings, or have a horrible first have and accelerate through the second. This year we fall under scenario #1. I n the first half of this 2009 season the Blue Jays were at the top of the standings for the better part of 3 and a half months. If I was J.P. Riccardi, I would start little by little trading some older veterans on this Jays squad for some draft picks and or younger players. In a way he is off to a good start by trading Scott Rolen to the Reds for some youngster pitching and Edwin Encarnacion. under-construction-sign.jpgThe Jays already have the foundation for a young pitching staff, with all these unexpected injures. Looking towards the future, the only way I see another World Series Championship Banner in Rogers Centre is by starting a younger club. Remember, it has been proven by the Tampa Ba Rays that by having a new look as a team does change your chemistry as a team and change the standings. Rewind back to 2001 – 2005. The Rays were almost the worst in all of baseball, now competing agian for a World Series. 


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3 comments

  1. welikeroywelikeroy

    I think the Jays need to finish dead last a couple more years to be more like the Rays. There number 1-3 picks produced Upton, Longoria and Delmon Young (which turned into Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett).

    I definately agree with you that an overhaul is in order, however, I’d like to at least see what the Jays can do in 2010 before starting the rebuilding phase. It all depends on Halladay, and whether we trade him at the deadline next year, or in the offseason? I believe the Jays will be able to at least get ONE solid prospect either way. Many even more in the offseason?

    The problem with talking ‘rebuilding,’ in the Jays situation is that we locked down with LONG – drawn out contracts to Wells, and Rios whether we like it or not. Those players have to perform because they are not movable AT ALL.

    So even if we wanted to rebuild, those contracts prevent us from a lot of different things. If 2010 doesn’t pan out for the Jays, Halladay could be moved for one good prospect, at least. Too bad no team was willing to give their farm to the Jays this past deadline for Halladay. Even though I’m an enormous Halladay fan, I realize the tough situation the Jays are in with the contracts to Wells and Rios. Halladay is one of our only moveable commodities.

    Good stuff. I’ll come back.
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  2. raysrenegade

    In the manner of pitching.
    You guys have some of the best young arms in the AL this season. And with Jesse Litsch, Scott Richmond and Shawn Marcum, Dustin McGowan and David Pursey you have no worries on the mound right now.
    Just have to get that crew healthy and get down to it.
    We know you will need a third baseman and a power hitting first baseman. Maybe you could pry Casey Kotchman or Chris Duncan from the Red Sox this off season, or Andy Marte from Cleveland to play third.
    It will depend on what they Rogers Communication guys put out there as a budget.

    Rays Renegade

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  3. 10234

    I Agree Rays renegade, the Jays have good young arms just a good chunk of what the pitching staff can do is injured which reduces the chances of contending.

    *-Steve

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