Happy Monday, the start of another week of hope that the Blue Jays will make some news for us to talk about.
Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list is out, and there are 6 Blue Jays on it:
14. Nate Pearson
19. Austin Martin
34. Jordan Groshans
69. Simeon Woods Richardson
79. Alejandro Kirk
96. Orelvis Martinez
The great free-agent chase is still going on:
Jays seem focused on George Springer and a couple top relievers — Kirby Yates and Brad Hand — now, as just said in @MLBNetwork. Jays are trying hard but some players are hesitant due to Toronto/Buffalo uncertainty.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 18, 2021
I can understand players being unsure because the Jays will likely not start the season in Toronto. Obviously, playing in Toronto would be the most comfortable for the players. Playing in Buffalo or Dunedin would be different. The comfort of being in a city like Toronto Toronto, where there are endless choices for restaurants, where the player would have a permanent place to live that would feel like a home, would be so much better than being in a hotel in Buffalo (not that Buffalo is that terrible a place). If they end up in Dunedin, there are fewer choices in places to eat and live.
Most of us would want to know where we are going to work before taking a job.
The Blue Jays are having a ‘Virtual Winter Week’ this year, instead of their usual winter fest and winter tour. They will have virtual autograph sessions, question and answer sessions, contests, and other activities.
Since the tours have been just a one city thing lately, it isn’t a great loss not to have those. But the Winter Fest in Rogers Centre seemed very popular,