“We perceive what our assets are and what now we have to function and we’re snug the place issues stand.”
The Jays have already got made one commerce this winter, buying former all-star center infielder Aledmys Diaz from the Cardinals for minor-league outfielder J.B. Woodman. A 27-year-old Cuban, Diaz was an all-star in 2016 however struggled final season. Woodman was a second-round draft choose in 2016 however remains to be just a few years away.
“It’s an thrilling commerce for us,” Atkins stated. “A man that in all probability shouldn’t be as out there to us on the acquisition price that he was if he had repeated 2016, however he did have 2016. He has an unimaginable pedigree in Cuba and all through the minor leagues. All of our scouts consider (he’s) nearer to the ’16 model of Aldemys than the ’17 model.
“What’s thrilling to us about that deal is it takes, in my view, a deeper (farm) system to make a deal occur like that. As a result of when you get previous these first 2-Three-Four names, to have the names like Woodman that you’ll be able to deal from with out feeling you’re sacrificing totally an excessive amount of for ’21 and ’22. That now we have sufficient (depth) for it to be engaging to a different group.”
Atkins listed the acquisition of one other infielder, an outfielder and a beginning pitcher that might be a part of the rotation in 2018 — giving them the pliability of returning Joe Biagini to the bullpen or optioning him to the minors — as his priorities, starting with the Disney journey.
The massive query of third baseman Josh Donaldson and an extension or a trade or letting him stroll as a free agent after subsequent season is the important thing infield query. Plus there’s the well being of shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman Devon Travis.
That’s why the acquisition of Diaz was necessary to the depth.
The Jays don’t wish to begin negotiations on an extension with Donaldson and turn out to be the group that units MLB’s monetary bar till they see how the present marketplace for different prime offensive gamers unfolds.
The losers on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani and you-better-shop-around slugger Giancarlo Stanton might hastily flip to Donaldson, so Atkins correctly will wait. However the younger GM shouldn’t be keen to share through which route Donaldson’s worth is headed.
“We at all times have a way of urgency if there’s something to push ahead,” Atkins stated. “We don’t need issues to linger. We’ve definitely talked a couple of technique. The fascinating factor about speaking about your technique is it’s like taking part in chess. I’m not going to let you know what my technique is. These are issues we will’t share, for apparent causes.”
Atkins did share excellent news about Tulowitzki that appeared like he can be able to at the least work out along with his teammates at spring coaching after a horrible ankle damage ended his 2017 season. Atkins additionally admitted they’ve mentioned internally the choice of getting Travis play some outfield within the spring, however that will not occur until he was wholesome and on board with the thought.
Atkins didn’t dismiss the potential of re-signing infielder Ryan Goins, who was non-tendered by the Jays, however provided that he was nonetheless out there and different commerce choices fell via. Together with Diaz, it needs to be famous that 25-year-old Cuban shortstop Lourdes Gurriel was signed a yr in the past to a major-league contract and completed nicely at Double-A a yr in the past. They want a choice.
“Lots will occur on the winter conferences, whether or not or not it turns into information and is definitely executed on the winter conferences, actually, I’ve no extra perception into that than you,” Atkins advised. “However issues will certainly bubble up. We’ll interact there and issues will certainly bubble up. I hope one thing occurs earlier than the winter conferences and after.”
It’s signal for Jays followers that Atkins appeared genuinely dismayed his group had been informed earlier within the week that extremely coveted DH/RHP Ohtani had crossed the Jays off his want record. It means he’s keen to take probabilities and spend cash. Heading to Florida with out Ohtani on his thoughts might permit him to drag the set off extra rapidly on another deal in one other space of want.
“There’s bandwidth on all this stuff, so certain, now we will apply all that effort and vitality to different areas, however we’ve already made a commerce at a really comparable time to the deadline,” Atkins stated referring to Diaz. “So we weren’t solely targeted on Shohei, however it does enhance our bandwidth for different alternatives.”
The winter conferences start Monday and conclude following the annual Rule 5 draft Thursday morning on the Swan and Dolphin resort.