The awards continue to pile up for Jose Bautista this offseason, picking up his second straight silver slugger award for an outfielder. Not surprisingly, he was the only Jay to pick up a silver slugger.
Also picking one up was Boston’s David Ortiz. I mention this because early rumours are that Big Pappi may be interested in coming to Toronto to reunite with John Farrell.
Obviously, if Ortiz can match his .309, 29 homers and 96 RBI for 12 million or less, I would welcome him with open arms. My only concerns are he is 35, plays in a very small park and has been surrounded by superstars for the past eight years.
Normally I would say avoid former Red Sox players at all costs. Especially given the way they folded down the stretch. But Ortiz has always been different and is one of the few Boston players I can tolerate. It’s risky, but given that he is primarily a DH, I think he could produce for another two seasons if everything goes his way.
Whether he’ll end up in Toronto remains to be seen. I think we can safely assume he won’t be back in Boston given some of the comments he made after their collapse.
In a perfect world the Jays would make a run at Albert Pujols, but I’m trying to be realistic here.
The offseason is just getting started though, so who knows what crazy rumours will pop up between now and Spring Training.