Blue Jays Would Like To Add Impact Bat

The Blue Jays dabbled in the Prince Fielder market this past offseason, and today GM Alex Anthopoulos told Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio that he would still like to add an impact bat.

"[If] I had to pick one area [to improve], you'd love to get one more bat," said the GM. "That's not to take anything away from our offense – 'cause we were top five in the American League in offense last year and I think we're improved – but you just see how over six months having that great offense can really carry you … One more middle of the order bat right now would be outstanding to just wear down the other teams."

Toronto came into today with 54 runs scored, the fifth most in the AL despite sluggish starts from Jose Bautista (.222/.348/.417) and J.P. Arencibia (.063/.118/.156). With Adam Lind showing signs of life after two down years, the most obvious spot for an offensive upgrade would be left field, although Eric Thames likely has a long leash and Travis Snider is lurking in Triple-A.

74 Responses to Blue Jays Would Like To Add Impact Bat Leave a Reply

  1. wickedkevin 3 years ago

    Don’t let all the fans who wanted Votto get to your head AA.

  2. If only there was a six month period between the end of one season and the start of the next during which teams could modify their roster.

    •  Yeah cause spending $250 Million on one player is a great idea

    • Bombastic_Dave 3 years ago

      I imagine AA still isn’t looking for a free agent bat.  If he’s adding anyone, he’s trading pieces away — at ;east the position for which he’s trading.  If he trades for a 1B, Lind is being dealt with whatever prospect makes the deal.

  3. I would much rather increase our starting rotation strength rather than our offence. I think our offence is already a lot better than our pitching so I don’t see we would improve it when we could improve our pitching. Pitching wins championships.

  4. Who wouldn’t want to add an impact bat? 

  5. NV 3 years ago

    Or they could just bring Snider up….

    • Colin Christopher 3 years ago

      LOL…good one.

    • Runtime 3 years ago

      No no no…
      Just because he snapped a bat over his knee last year doesn’t make him an impact bat

  6. Mark Reynolds would love to play for you!

  7. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    Only upgradable position I see is LF.

    They tried to get Beltran but failed.

    It’s not easy adding an impact bat, but blue jays have the prospects to get it done.

    •  1B is very upgradeable.

      • Bombastic_Dave 3 years ago

        So is DH.

        • Al_Oliver 3 years ago

          DH is fine with Encarnacion

          • Bombastic_Dave 3 years ago

            Fine, but still upgradeable.  

            Would you consider him above or below the positional average?

          • TtDsufc 3 years ago

             Since he went DH fulltime?  He’s been top 3-4 at the position so well above positional average.

      • Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

        With the way Lind is playing right now, both offensively and defensively while being signed to an extremely team friendly contract.

        I doubt they replace him.

        • EvilAbed 3 years ago

          That would be pretty dumb, since he’s atrocious against LHP. At least platoon him with a righty

    • Milmurph 3 years ago

      Soriano from Cubs is available

  8. Guest 3 years ago

    I think they should adress there rotation instead.

    • Sniderlover 3 years ago

      I agree.

    • Runtime 3 years ago

      I was at the game tonight and… god damn. I like Morrow, but you can’t be the #2 starter in a rotation and give up 3 – 4 HR every game…

  9. Too bad there aren’t any impact bats available AA.

    • jwsox 3 years ago

      there may be soon though. The Jays have a really good system and are stacked with pitching. There will be teams out there that are willing to trade bats for some of their pitching soon enough… Couple of their pitchers for mike moorse, the nats can re up their pitching depth they lost in the Gio deal, and moving Moorse allows them to call up bryce an not forcing him to play CF

      • I think you’re really reaching saying the Nats will trade Morse. They’re contenders. No way they trade him.

  10. Darrell Corriveau 3 years ago

    How good would Napoli look in this lineup?

  11. explodet 3 years ago

    Sandy Alderson would probably trade Ike Davis for a couple of the Jays’ pitching prospects. He doesn’t have the track record of being an “impact bat”, but he certainly has the potential to become one.

    • diehardmets 3 years ago

      I don’t think he would. The Mets have several high ceiling pitching prospects (HArvey, Wheeler, Mejia, Familia to name a few) and few impact bats in the minors. 

  12. Melvin McMurf 3 years ago

    Vernon Wells is available

  13. Vlad and a couple other decent bats are still on the market and cheap now.

  14. northsfbay 3 years ago

    It is rare that a team makes a trade before the all star break. It would have be something like Teixeira from the Rangers to the Braves or the Braves to the Angels.

  15. skollias1 3 years ago

    AA has once again intoxicated kenny williams and the reported trade is paul konerko for mike mccoy and scott richmond

    • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

      I don’t think it would be that bad. How stupid do you think Kenny Williams is?

      He’d throw in Nestor Molina and $5MM with Konerko.

  16. Rashomon 3 years ago

    What about Morneau? The Twins’ lack of pitching depth is getting exposed this season and Justin’s a Canuck and rakes in Yankee Stadium. 

  17. Henduck 3 years ago

    I’m sure Carlos Lee could be had. 

  18. Weird, the Jays lineup isn’t exactly shabby… it lacks a Prince Fielder or Mark Texiera to go behind a Miguel Cabrera or Robinson Cano or Jose Bautista but there are 27 other teams that also lack that. There’s a few guys who are underperformers I guess (Rasmus, Johnson, Lind, Encarnacion) but none of them atrocious – except maybe Rasmus, whom I don’t like.

    • Al_Oliver 3 years ago

      Nothing wrong with Rasmus this year. He’s been playing a solid CF and his hitting is starting to come around with his new approach

    • Lucas Kschischang 3 years ago

       Rasmus has had a TON of hard hit balls find gloves so far this year. Very promising start.

  19. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Free Travis Snider!

  20. mattcondo 3 years ago

    Carlos Quinten. He’ll be off the DL in a week or 2, snag him from SD before he even dons the uni. They’re so bad, he can be had for a decent prospect right now

  21. bigpat 3 years ago

    Talk is cheap, if you want a big bat, go out and get one. I know it’s not all that easy but all this talk about upgrading the pitching staff and lineup then sitting on your hands is sort of a letdown.

  22. drumzalicious 3 years ago

    I think they really need a legit leadoff hitter. Escobar is not really someone I’d want batting lead off. You get a legit lead off guy up there and Escobar can be your new middle of the order bat. He would be a solid #6 hitter 

    • Sniderlover 3 years ago

      No, Yunel is a perfectly fine leadoff hitter. I think they could use a solid clean-up hitter behind Bautista but if EE and Lind can keep hitting, Jays offense should be pretty good.

      I don’t think offense is much of a problem though. They’re struggling a little bit early on but guys like Yunel, Jose and Rasmus have been unlucky and when they start falling in, they should be a potent offense.

      Defense has been good for the Jays, bullpen has been bit of a struggle but I think the pen should be fine. Jays pitching has looked better so far, I would like to see Jays acquire a #2/3 starter that can eat some innings. I don’t expect their starting pitching to continue being this good and another reliable arm would be what Jays need IMO.

    • Escobar hitting 6th? 10 HR power and a high on base percentage does not equal a “middle of the order bat”. 6th being “middle of the order”? they’re looking for a dangerous bat for the #4 spot, not an average one for the 6th spot.

    • lawrie leading off? seeing lots of singles right now and solid wheels.

    • Lucas Kschischang 3 years ago

       Led AL SS in OBP.

      Sounds good to me in the lead-off spot.

  23. avaela 3 years ago

    Jason Bay would be a great, cheap OF to go for atm, AA could probably get him for a prospect or two and maybe even get a discount on his salary. I could see Bay coming to Toronto and resurrecting his career.

  24. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    Kelly Johnson had a good start but has been a little cold the past couple games, and Colby Rasmus is starting to find his bat.  The Jays are getting hits, they just need to string them together consistently.  While they have one of the best averages with RISP, they aren’t getting in scoring position enough.  2 runs on 12 hits like last night isn’t going to cut it.  But I still like what the Jays lineup offers, especially how much of a role the bench now plays in our games.

  25. fxx3605 3 years ago

    morales for a c+ b- pitching prospect?

  26. bluejaycountry 3 years ago

    grass is green and sky is blue

  27. maybe the Jays can ask Texas to trade back Napoli

  28. Thomas Knelsen 3 years ago

    since abreu is avalible, why not pick up him? he would be good for the rotation.

  29. BVHjays 3 years ago

    Yeah! How dare you have an alternative opinion, D3ANSKI!

  30. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    Mathis hit a homerun tonight!

    Batting .517 right now.

    Take that Ha!

  31. shockey12 3 years ago

    I believe he was talking about his spelling…

  32. Jose_Bautista 3 years ago

    I think Arencibia’s doing that. Batting 0.065.


    One can only hope that being with Bautista and Murphy might’ve sparked something in Mathis. He was pretty good in minors. Meh, who am I kidding lol.

  33. jwsox 3 years ago

    and still hitting  like a top ten 1st basemen in the league…he may be old but you have to admit he is a great hitter and a quiet one at that

  34. Lucas Kschischang 3 years ago

    Just like Richmond’s fastball!

  35. Dynasty22 3 years ago

    Some of you Blue Jays fans seem like you only want guys because they are Canadian, eh?

  36. tapehead4 3 years ago

    Married, but a free swinger.

  37. Al_Oliver 3 years ago

    more like having a more conducive hitting approach. I think Sciosia’s mandate for his hitting was, play defence!

  38. Lucas Kschischang 3 years ago

    If Jose Molina can hit >.300, anything is possible!

  39. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    so much win

  40. bjfan 3 years ago

    Not so.  Couldn’t care less if he is from Mars, as long as he can hit.

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