Offseason In Review: Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays are next in our Offseason In Review series.

Major League Signings

  • John McDonald, SS: two years, $3MM.
  • Alex Gonzalez, SS: one year, $2.75MM.  Includes $2.5MM club option for '11.
  • Kevin Gregg, RP: one year, $2.75MM.  Includes $4.5MM club option for '11 and $8.75MM club option for '11 and '12.
  • John Buck, C: one year, $2MM.
  • Total spend: $10.5MM.

Notable Minor League Signings

Trades and Claims

Notable Losses


Alex Anthopoulos' first winter as Blue Jays GM started off quietly, with an October waiver claim for Henn.  His major moves came a few months later, as he traded Halladay, Taylor, League, and Chavez and netted Drabek, d'Arnaud, Wallace, and Morrow.  His free agent moves were sensible, affordable replacements for Scutaro and Barajas.  There was also a typical smattering of minor league signings and the interesting under-the-radar pickup of Valdez.

Anthopoulos' moves should be judged on two criteria: did he waste significant money trying to stay respectable in a rebuilding year, and did he get enough for Doc?  Gregg was a free agent head-scratcher, but it's hard to quibble with the other $7.75MM spent.  The answer to the latter question appears to be yes.  If we judge the Halladay trade on what we know now, Anthopoulos acquired at least two badly-needed top 50 prospects in Drabek and Wallace.

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