If there is one team in MLB working hard to return to relevancy and make a deep playoff run, it’s the Toronto Blue Jays.
On Wednesday morning, the Blue Jays acquired third baseman Matt Chapman from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Gunnar Hoglund, shortstop Kevin Smith, and left-handed pitchers Zach Logue, and Kirby Snead.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network is very impressed with the deal, and Toronto’s offseason as a whole.
“Today the Blue Jays look like the class of the AL East. Very tough division but Yankees and Red Sox look like 3rd/4th place teams at the moment,” Heyman tweeted.
Today the Blue Jays look like the class of the AL East. Very tough division but Yankees and Red Sox look like 3rd/4th place teams at the moment.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2022
Chapman didn’t have an explosive season in 2021, hitting .210 with 27 home runs, 75 runs, 72 RBI and a .717 OPS.
However, he remains in his prime, at 28, and had three straight seasons of at least a .800 OPS before 2021.
Chapman Is Just One Of Several Upgrades
The best thing of all, for the Blue Jays, is that Chapman is a very strong defensive player, one who will give a boost to the rest of the infield and to the pitching staff.
Chapman isn’t the only addition Toronto has made in the 2021-22 offseason.
Reliever Yimi Garcia will also help the bullpen.
All in all, the Jays appear to have leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees, and the Red Sox, and are looking like the favorites in the AL East.NEXT: The Athletics Are Getting Rid Of Everyone