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MLB: Toronto Blue Jays-Workout

It was not even that long ago, about one year if I recall, that the Toronto Blue Jays were the darlings of the baseball world. Heading into a the season riding a massive wave of momentum, the Blue Jays were picked to advance fall into the playoffs by every pundit from Tijuana to Thunder Bay. Toronto made big moves and cashed in their prospect bitcoins for real live big leaguers and also Josh Johnson.

The 2013 season famously ended in tears for Toronto, as the off-season spending spree bought just enough goodwill to last through the first prolonged slump. The happy vibes eroded quickly. The Jays limped to a 74-win year while their former manager, the one who begged out of town to take his dream job in Boston, hoisted the World Series trophy.

One year later, the Blue Jays are just another team. They’re another team trying to figure out how they can improve at multiple positions after they taught a master class in the perils of a stars and scrubs philosophy in 2013. Second base, catcher, and left field were all black holes last season in addition to a patchwork pitching staff with one of the worst starting staffs in the league.

The team upgraded behind the plate and hope health and divine providence will guide their pitchers and left fielders. But second base? That remains a serious question mark.

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The Boston Red Sox have continued their off-season spending spree, agreeing to terms on a contract with shortstop Stephen Drew. Jon Heyman reports it’s a one year deal worth $9.5 million.

Drew, who suffered a terrible ankle injury in July of 2011, posted a .223/309/.348 slash line in 79 games with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics last season. Arizona management criticized the former first round pick in the 2004 draft for his slow recovery and commitment to getting back on the field. Drew didn’t play his first game of the season until June 27th.

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