TORONTO – As we bid good riddance to 2020 and hope for significant strides toward normalcy at some point in the new year, it’s a good time to check in on the Toronto Blue Jays and the still largely dormant baseball off-season, no disrespect to the ever-active San Diego Padres.
So far, Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins and his front office posse have re-signed lefty Robbie Ray to an $8-million, one-year deal, claimed right-handers Anthony Castro and Walter Lockett off waivers, the latter of whom is reportedly close to signing with the Doosan Bears in the KBO, and added Tyler White, Forrest Wall and Richard Urena on minor-league deals.
Attempts to land Kevin Gausman, who accepted the $18.9-million qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants, and Ha-Seong Kim, who has agreed to a four-year deal reportedly worth $25 million with the Padres, fell short, and everything else they’ve tried to accomplish is in stasis.
The slow-burn winter to this point means all the business that usually would have been done by Christmas should pop off in a big way once 2021 hits, in a January with the potential to make heads spin. Or perhaps the pseudo-leverage tug-of-war could drag into February or beyond, especially if the start of spring training gets pushed back due to the pandemic, or in the wait for wider access to the vaccine.
With that, let’s delve into this calendar-flipping edition of FAQs:
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