Two days after trading for superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled off another miracle.. this time for Tigers ace David Price – giving up top pitching prospect Daniel Norris in the process. To say the Blue Jays are officially all in on the 2015 MLB season would be an understatement.
But let’s step back and take a look at this team. They’re two games above .500, six games back of the tight AL East division lead, and far removed from a playoff appearance – 22 years to be exact. In spite of my desire to avoid the corny pun, the time really was right to “pay the Price.”
GM Alex Anthopoulos clearly believes in his near-.500 squad. And he should, considering they have a +104 run differential, perhaps the most talent-telling statistic in baseball, which is kind-of-surprisingly second-best in the league. Even before these blockbuster trades, the steamrolling Jays seemed destined for a powerful, playoff-surging second half. We’ll be watching.
As Bob Dylan noted in 1964 in hopes of it being relevant a few times every new decade, the times.. they are a changin.