Could we be looking at an Orioles-Jays race for the top of the AL East in September?
Okay, they don’t even have a coach yet. They finished in fourth place a year ago. The Yankees are still the Yankees. And as we can tell from the three teams in Los Angeles and Miami, baseball is won on the field and not on paper. But there is real excitement north of the border for the first time in 20 years and it is impossible to ignore what the Toronto Blue Jays are doing.
The Jays just signed Melky Cabrera, coming off a suspension-shortened season where he hit .350. It is a low-risk, high-reward move that fills a need in left field. They just traded away spare parts for a top-level shortstop, All Star catcher, a speed demon who plays anywhere, and two top of the rotation arms. Last week they also signed Maicer Itzuris, a utilityman who will compete with Bonafacio for second base but like Bonafacio can pretty much play anywhere. And they probably aren’t done yet.
So anyway, as their team presentl...