Usually, when people talk about the offseason in the AL East, the focus is on what the New York Yankees accomplished. With fans more upset about the lack of spending this winter, the media shifted their attention to a new team that is trying to make waves in the AL East. It is a team that has made signature moves via trade and free agency. Now, the trips north of the border for the Bombers are going to be much more difficult than in years past.
Yes, I am talking about the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto’s 2012 season was injury-plagued with numerous casualties to all facets of their team. But, the team made some vast improvements both on-the-field and in the clubhouse during the offseason. They traded for ex-Mets Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey as well as signing former Yankee Melky Cabrera fresh off of his PED suspension. Plus, they traded for former Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson and veteran Mark Buehrle. Finally, they hired another former Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons to replace John Farrell . All in all, this is a team that should be vastly improved in 2013.
To get the answers about the 2013 Blue Jays’ team, we continued our state of the AL East series Wednesday night as we talked with Kyle Franzoni from JaysJournal.com to get the inside scoop on the roster as well as asking him about the closer situation and some battles to keep an eye on in Spring Training. Ironically, the Blue Jays will be the Yankees’ first home Spring Training opponent Sunday afternoon on YES. In return, Kyle asked me questions about Phil Hughes‘ injury, the loss of Rafael Soriano, and whether the Yankees should be left for dead in the division.
To listen, click the link to the show below that is brought to you as always by BaldVinny.com.