Potential weaknesses on Blue Jays’ roster and how to solve them

TORONTO — By any definition, the Toronto Blue Jays are a good baseball team but like every team in baseball they can — and should — look to make further improvements before opening day.

Their post-lockout shopping list will start on the infield and extend to the starting rotation and the bullpen. So in brief: the Blue Jays are a good team that will look to improve by addressing those clear remaining needs. We could leave it there.

Instead, let’s search a little deeper for weaknesses. Not because this Blue Jays’ roster has more issues than most (it doesn’t) but because defining those weak spots more clearly can hint at what’s ahead for the team’s front office. After all, for every shortcoming, there should be a corresponding opportunity to improve.

With that in mind, let’s go beyond the obvious and look for some smaller-scale upgrades the Blue Jays may want to consider …

Late-inning defence: A centre field glove

Back in 2016, George Springer played every single regular season game, mostly as a right fielder. He moved primarily to centre in 2017, but has started fewer games in centre each successive year:

2017: 79
2018: 73
2019: 67
2020: 41
2021: 40

Now 32, Springer’s still a viable centre fielder when healthy, capable of making the routine plays and even some spectacular ones. But his recent history suggests the Blue Jays also need a reliable alternate on the roster, too.…

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