Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro on Building a ‘Championship Grade Team’, Future Payroll, Rogers Center Renovations and More – The Athletic


A year ago, the Blue Jays entered the offseason as a determined buyer, looking to add impact players.

They accomplished that, signing top free agent George Springer to a $ 150 million contract, the largest distributed last winter, while signing two of the savviest one-year contracts with $ 8 million for Robbie Ray and $ 18 million for Marcus Semien, who went on to have two of the best individual seasons in the majors.

Now, heading into this offseason, the Blue Jays again have a clear goal of improving on a 91-game winning season that left them right next to a playoff shot.

“When we sit down and think about projecting how many wins we have organically on our roster, how many wins we need to add from away and complete around our team, the expectation is that we’re gonna build a Championship-caliber team, ”Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said on Monday in a video press conference with the media. “We are expected to build a team capable of winning the World Series next year.”

In a 40-minute question-and-answer session with reporters from Toronto, Shapiro touched on a variety of topics, from the disappointing end of the season to their future payrolls, to the upcoming free agencies of Ray and Semien. and how the current uncertainty around the expiration of the collective agreement will impact the club’s offseason.

Below are takeaways from Shapiro’s comments.


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