TORONTO — The first break in an off-season of wide-open possibilities could come soon for the Toronto Blue Jays, whose first major move will dictate the course taken in their subsequent additions.
As a handful of moves followed the Chicago White Sox’s acquisition of right-hander Lance Lynn from the Texas Rangers, there was chatter that some of the winter’s most pressing business may soon begin to drop.
While Blue Jays assistant GM Joe Sheehan treaded carefully in describing “momentum” that was “developing” in the market, one agent suggested that the end game might arrive with one of their position-player targets as soon as this week.
If and when that happens, the rest of their off-season plan will come into tighter focus, as at the moment, the combination of varied market options, roster versatility and spending power allow them to “pursue a lot of different potential places to upgrade,” said Sheehan.
“It’s not like in a normal year, you might have one hole and the rest of your roster is kind of locked and you’re looking for players that can do one specific thing,” he continued. “We’re really fortunate that our roster is flexible and that we can pursue good players in a lot of areas.”
Pursue good players is something the Blue Jays have done, targeting top free agents like George Springer, D.J. LeMahieu, J.T. Realmuto and Trevor Bauer, among others. Ace Hyun-Jin Ryu told Korean broadcaster KBS that he…