Believe it or not, the 2010 Blue Jays didn’t suck. They just had the misfortune of playing in the same division as the Rays, Yankees and Red Sox. They actually ended with the 7th best record (85-77) in the AL, it’s just that those three were all ahead of them.

Biggest Additions: Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, Juan Rivera, Rajai Davis

Biggest Subtractions: Vernon Wells, John Buck, Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg, Lyle Overbay, Shaun Marcum

Offseason Review: The Blue Jays actually had a very good offseason. I know that you are looking at their additions and subtractions and wondering what in the world I’m talking about, but their offseason was not so much about 2011, but about 2013 and beyond. Let’s face it, the Blue Jays don’t have much of a shot at 2011 with the additions of the Red Sox and the continuation of the Yankees (even though they did take a small step backwards). So, they are looking ahead at the future. It’s a rebuilding year, and they are still going to field a decent team. The biggest move that the Blue Jays made this offseason was getting the giant millstone of Vernon Wells’ contract off their neck by trading him to the Angels. Signing Jose Bautista to a multi-year deal was important. Of course, with Bautista, it’s a gamble because he hasn’t done anything worthwhile in his career until last season, but if 2010 wasn’t a fluke, he will be a great person to build around for the future.

Season Preview: Again, Blue Jay fans, don’t expect a whole lot. This is not a team that is going to surprise everybody, like the 2008 Rays. They are a solid team, but they are going to take a small step backwards this year. It won’t be devastating, but it won’t be a great season either. But, that’s okay, you’re Canadians, you’re used to it.

Final Record: 79-83, 4th in AL East

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