For the next four weeks, the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show is going to take you inside the American League. We have talked about the Yankees’ offseason at length over the last couple of months. So, for these segments, we are going to ask the writers on FanSided who represent the other teams in the division about their squad’s respective offseasons, spring training story-lines, and number of wins predictions heading into the regular season.
This week, we went north of the border to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays. Last year, the Blue Jays were the team of the offseason with all the acquisitions they made. Then, they flamed out. Due to injuries and inconsistent play under new manager John Gibbons, the team finished with 74 wins. Toronto still packs a mean punch on offense with power threats such as Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion and was fourth in the league in home runs last season. However, the pitching has been their demise. This is a rotation that has been ravaged by injuries to pitchers such as Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchinson, and Kyle Drabek. The team will be relying on R.A Dickey to be their ace for the second straight season.
On this episode, I spoke with Jason Ramnauth and Jeff Morten from JaysJournal.com about the Blue Jays’ offseason, the team’s acquisition of Dioner Navarro, and their spring training story-lines to watch in 2014. Here are some of the topics we discussed:
- Is Ervin Santana still a possibility for the Jays?
- Is Toronto still confident in R.A. Dickey as their ace?
- Thoughts on the Navarro signing and losing J.P. Arencibia to the Rangers
- Who needs to step up/Under the Radar players (Brett Lawrie and Ryan Goins are discussed)
- How much pressure is on John Gibbons heading into the season?
- Most Intriguing Spring Training Storylines
- When will Toronto see Marcus Stroman in the big leagues?
- Win Projections!!!!
Also, we did an interview that aired on Monday with Tampa Yankees’ pitching prospect, Nick Goody, as he is recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Goody is hopeful he can pitch in the next couple of months. Click the link below to hear his impactful journey to pro ball as well as his memories of being with Derek Jeter in Tampa last year at spring training