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.


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74 Comments on "Blue Jays Would Like To Add Impact Bat"


wickedkevin
3 years 4 months ago

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

3 years 4 months ago

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.

3 years 4 months ago

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

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 4 months 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 years 4 months ago

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.

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

pitching costs too much

3 years 4 months ago

Who wouldn’t want to add an impact bat? 

NV
3 years 4 months ago

Or they could just bring Snider up….

Colin Christopher
3 years 4 months ago

LOL…good one.

Runtime
3 years 4 months ago

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

3 years 4 months ago

Mark Reynolds would love to play for you!

Jose_Bautista
3 years 4 months ago

OMG!

I think I just puked.

Ian_Smell
3 years 4 months ago

Why are you unsure?

Thomas Knelsen
3 years 3 months ago

he strikes out to much

Jose_Bautista
3 years 4 months 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.

3 years 4 months ago

 1B is very upgradeable.

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 4 months ago

So is DH.

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 4 months ago

DH is fine with Encarnacion

Bombastic_Dave
3 years 4 months ago

Fine, but still upgradeable.  

Would you consider him above or below the positional average?

TtDsufc
3 years 4 months ago

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

Jose_Bautista
3 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

Milmurph
3 years 4 months ago

Soriano from Cubs is available

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

I think they should adress there rotation instead.

Sniderlover
3 years 4 months ago

I agree.

Runtime
3 years 4 months ago

Yes.
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…

3 years 4 months ago

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

jwsox
3 years 4 months 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

3 years 4 months ago

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

Darrell Corriveau
3 years 4 months ago

How good would Napoli look in this lineup?

wadebets
3 years 4 months ago

Still overweight.

explodet
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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. 

Melvin McMurf
3 years 4 months ago

Vernon Wells is available

3 years 4 months ago

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

Melvin McMurf
3 years 4 months ago

 is Vlad out of jail?

northsfbay
3 years 4 months 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.

SteveKollias
3 years 4 months 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 4 months 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.

Rashomon
3 years 4 months 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. 

Henduck
3 years 4 months ago

I’m sure Carlos Lee could be had. 

3 years 4 months ago

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.

suhiscrazierthanyou
3 years 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

Free Travis Snider!

Dynasty22
3 years 4 months ago

To another team where he can produce like his potential suggests!

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

no

mattcondo
3 years 4 months 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

leachim2
3 years 4 months ago

Snider and Jenkins?