Toronto Blue Jays 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: John Gibbons (1st Season)
2012 Record: 79-83 (4th in AL Central)
Key Additions: P R.A. Dickey, SS Jose Reyes, P Josh Johnson, P Mark Buehrle, OF Melky Cabrera
Key Losses: SS Omar Vizquel, P Jason Frasor, SS Yunel Escobar, 2B Kelly Johnson
2013 Season Outlook: The Toronto Blue Jays are the favorites to win an American League Pennant in 2013, although I am a bit cautious to make this prediction just yet.
While Toronto brought in a ton of pieces that make them a real contender, they still play in the toughest division in all of baseball. R.A. Dickey brings his 20 win resume with him, but it is unknown how well his game will translate in the American Least East Division. While he brings experience and a wicked Knuckler, the likelihood that he can duplicate his 2012 season is improbable.
The Jays also added Josh Johnson to the rotation, and that will give them depth and another quality arm. Along with Brandon Morrow, Mark Buehrle, and Ricky Romero, The Blue Jays have one of the strongest rotations in baseball.
Offensively, Toronto has great pieces to work with. Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, and Jose Reyes are strong building blocks. The addition of Cabrera is still a bit of an unknown. The outfileder is coming off of a suspension for testing positive for PED use, and at what level he will produce remains to be seen.
Toronto will be competitive this season. I am not sold on new manager John Gibbons being the man to lead them to the top. This is not his first rodeo with the Jays. From 2004-2008 he led Toronto to limited success before being replaced by Cito Gaston. The Jays will contend for the A.L. East, but I think they fall short of the World Series.