Matt Chapman, Kevin Gausman Boost Blue Jays’ 2022 Odds
The Toronto Blue Jays have been wheeling and dealing for this offseason and it could pay off big time starting this year. We already knew about their young stars, but now they are putting quite the team together.
The AL East is one of the toughest divisions in baseball between the Rays, Red Sox, Yankees, and now Blue Jays (sorry Orioles fans). With their offseason moves this year, Toronto has turned themselves from an up and comer, into a real contender for this year’s World Series.
Let’s take a look at what moves they made that made their odds jump up the standings.
Blue Jays Updated Odds for 2022
- Division Odds from (+350) to (+230)
- World Series Odds from (+1400) to (+1200)
It may not seem like a huge jump in the odds for the Blue Jays, but it is still significant. From the odds leaderboard perspective, their division odds were tied with the Tampa Bay Rays at (+350), but now they are the sole possession of second behind the New York Yankees (+210).
For the 2022 World Series, they were 10th at (+1600). Now, they are tied for 4th best at (+1200) on BetOnline.
They already had a solid core with their one big superstar in the middle of it. They were lacking some solid supporting pieces, but now they seem like a real threat to be a top contender for this year.
Below is a breakdown of how the Blue Jays’ offseason has gone with their new look lineup.
Offseason Additions and Losses for Toronto
The Blue Jays have been active in free agency like I said, but what did they do exactly? They actually weren’t able to keep a very important player and we will have to wait and see if they should have re-signed him.
Here is a look at which players were added and subtracted for the Blue Jays this offseason.
- Kevin Gausman, P (Free Agency)
- Yusei Kikuchi, P (Free Agency)
- Matt Chapman, 3B (Trade)
- Robbie Ray, P (Free Agency)
- Gunnar Hoglund, P (Trade)
- Kevin Smith, IF (Trade)
- Zach Logue, P (Trade)
- Kirby Sneed, P (Trade)
The biggest move the Blue Jays made was acquiring star third baseman Matt Chapman from the Oakland A’s. Chapman is an amazing defender at third base and will be great for the Blue Jays.
He’s also been a steady hitter that can produce in the middle of their lineup as well.
In exchange for Chapman, the Blue Jays had to ship out 4 solid prospects in Gunnar Hoglund, Kevin Smith, Zach Logue, and Kirby Sneed.
On MLB Pipeline, Hoglund now ranks as the A’s 7th best prospect, Smith at 15th, Logue at 22nd, and Sneed outside the top 30. That’s a solid prospect haul for Chapman, who is under contract until 2024 (2023 arbitration).
They also lost AL 2021 Cy Young winner in lefty Robbie Ray. They didn’t want to give him a huge extension, but instead added veterans Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kikuchi.
Toronto Blue Jays’ 2022 Outlook
With the Blue Jays lineup coming together, they suddenly have one of the best teams in baseball. Their young stars include Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, the former being a top contender for the 2022 AL MVP award.
They also landed star outfielder George Springer last offseason, while having some other up and coming players as well. Be sure to keep an eye out for Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Teoscar Hernandez this year too.
They also traded for Jose Berrios at the trade deadline last year, who has tons of potential. Kikuchi struggles against righties which isn’t ideal in the AL East, but can be a fine add in the long run.
Now that the Blue Jays are going to be a contender this year, look for them to make a couple more moves to take them over the edge. There are a lot of tough teams in the MLB this year, so they will have to make sure they don’t have any glaring weaknesses.
I would say a strong left handed hitter and more pitching depth (starting and bullpen) would round out their roster nicely.
At the end of the day, the Blue Jays have been aggressive and could be a solid team to bet on to win the World Series this year.