Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says that free-agent targets are concerned about where the team will be playing next season. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays have been linked to a lot of big names on the free-agent market this offseason, but they have yet to land anyone. Part of that is down to how the market is moving this year, but there could be other concerns in play.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said his free-agent recruitment efforts have all been met by one key question about the organization’s status for 2021.

“The number one question is if we’re going to play in Toronto,” Montoyo said Friday, via the Associated Press. “That’s rightly so. Our answer is, ‘Yeah, we’re hoping so.'”

It’s a fair question. Free agents aren’t going to want to plunge themselves into uncertainty, and that’s where the Blue Jays are at right now. The team played in Buffalo last year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and it’s not clear those restrictions will be meaningfully lifted in time for the season, as much as MLB wants that.

The Blue Jays might be better off targeting stars through trades. Fortunately, there’s one available whom they seem very interested in.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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