TORONTO — The holiday season has come to an end, and now it’s time for the Blue Jays to get back to work on rounding out their 25-man roster for the 2017 season.
It’s not that Toronto put everything on hold for the past couple of weeks, but there is an undeniable lull across Major League Baseball during the holiday break. That’s about to change.
There’s approximately six weeks remaining before pitchers and catchers report to Dunedin, Fla., for Spring Training. Toronto still has multiple holes to fill, and the club will likely be much more active in January than in years past.
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With 2017 upon us, it’s time to reset the scene and take a look at what the Blue Jays have to accomplish before packing their bags for Florida.
The outfield Toronto needs to add at least one outfielder to its roster. A recent report from MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi indicated the club has been engaged in contract negotiations with Jose Bautista, but there’s more to the story. A source recently told MLB.com that Bautista is one of several names the club is still considering, and a deal with the longtime franchise star does not appear to be imminent.
Bautista began the offseason looking for a multiyear contract, but his market value has not developed as he hoped it would. His potential suitors are not immediately clear, and recent reports have indicated that he is now open to the possibility of a one-year deal. That’s something the Blue Jays would consider, but it would have to be on the …