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Toronto Blue Jays

AL East

After the Dodgers traded Ross Stripling to the Blue Jays in the middle of the 2020 season, he and the Jays now agree to a $3 million deal. Roster Resource projects him as their 5th starter. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2020, Ross Stripling stumbled upon a bit of a rough patch with a 5.84 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 18.2% strikeout rate, and 8.2% walk rate in 49.1 innings. That ended up as Stripling's worst season to date. He didn't perform well outside of his first start of the season, where he recorded seven strikeouts, zero walks, and one earned run in seven innings. Look for him to bounceback in 2021 since the underlying metrics tell us he was unlucky in 2020.

Category: Transactions

The Blue Jays and Teoscar Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.325 million deal. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was his first time being eligible for salary arbitration. Hernandez was a breakout star this past summer, posting a .919 OPS with 16 homers and six steals across 50 games.

Category: Transactions

The Mets signed INF Brandon Drury to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old has posted just a .600 OPS since 2018. He’ll offer infield depth at multiple positions for the Mets this year, should he wind up making the team.

Category: Transactions

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo isn't ruling out the possibility of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. returning to third base in 2021. (Source: MLB Network Radio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Guerrero Jr. made the transition to first base during the shortened 2020 campaign, which was likely a result of him showing up to summer camp out of shape. Guerrero has lost a lot of weight this offseason, however, and appears to be taking his fitness far more seriously entering '21. "Vladito" is on record for wanting to return to the hot corner, and if he continues this new work ethic then he might have a chance at convincing Toronto to let him.

The Blue Jays non-tendered INF Travis Shaw. (Source: Chris Cotillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shaw hit just .239 with a .717 OPS during the shortened 2020 campaign. The 30-year-old should latch on somewhere as a lefty-hitting corner infielder.

Category: Transactions

The Toronto Blue Jays exercised the $1.5 million team option for Rafael Dolis for the 2021 season.

Fantasy Impact: This is a solid move by the Blue Jays. In his first season in the MLB since 2013, Dolis allowed just four earned runs across 24.0 innings pitched to complete the year with a 1.50 ERA.

The Blue Jays declined RHP Chase Anderson's $9.5 million option for 2021. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson will instead receive a $500,00 buyout. He posted an ugly 7.22 ERA in 10 appearances this season.

Category: Transactions

Jonathan Villar will become a free agent this offseason and now be represented by Wasserman. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Villar changed his representation in hopes of striking a better contract during the off-season. He was traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays before the deadline, but struggled most of 2020. The 29-year-old should see a decent amount interest from teams due to his speed and versatility. Villar slashed .232/.301/.292 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 13 runs scored and 16 stolen bases across 207 plate appearances in 2020.

Jordan Romano (finger) would have been activated for the American League Divisional Series, but needed a few days before he could pitch. (Source: Hazel Mae on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Romano missed all of September due to a sprained finger. He would have been activated had the Blue Jays advanced. Romano (hand) said he needed “a couple of more days” before he could pitch in a game. Had the Blue Jays advanced to the ALDS “I would’ve been activated.” The 27-year-old had terrific 2020 campaign, posting a (2-1) record along with a 1.23 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 21 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings. Romano is set to be one of the Blue Jays' top high-leverage options in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates

Blue Jays reliever Ken Giles underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The surgery was a success. Giles, who is going to be a free agent this winter, will likely miss the entire 2021 campaign.

Category: Injury Updates

Danny Jansen did all he could to help the Blue Jays try to force a Game 3 of the Wild Card Round, smacking two solo homers in an eventual 8-2 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Jansen was Toronto's only source of offense in this one. The 25-year-old had an underwhelming regular season, batting .183 with six homers, 20 RBI, and a .671 OPS. Still, he should enter 2021 as the Jays' starting catcher.

Category: Game Recaps

Hyun Jin Ryu was hit hard in the second game of the Wild Card Round against the Rays, giving up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits over just 1 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Ryu took the loss as Toronto was eliminated from postseason play. The 33-year-old put up a very nice 2.69 ERA in 12 regular season starts, but he just didn't have his best stuff when he needed it most. Ryu gave up a two-run homer to Mike Zunino and a grand slam to Hunter Renfroe as part of a six-run second inning.

Category: Game Recaps

Robbie Ray took the loss in Game 1 of the Blue Jays' Wild Card Round matchup with the Rays, giving up one run on one hit and a walk over three innings.

Fantasy Impact: Ray followed Matt Shoemaker's opening three innings in this one. The sporadic lefty pitched well in this one, striking out five in his brief outing. Toronto's offense just couldn't get anything going against Blake Snell. The Blue Jays will now turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu in a must-win Game 2.

Category: Game Recaps

Matt Shoemaker tossed three scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' postseason opener against the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Shoemaker did his part as he was never expected to pitch deep into this one. Robbie Ray followed next and wound up taking the loss. Toronto will turn to Hyun-Jin Ryu in a do-or-die Game 2 on Wednesday.

Category: Game Recaps

Rowdy Tellez is on the Blue Jays' roster for their Wild Card Round series against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Source: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tellez nearly missed the final 1/3 of the season with a knee strain but has progressed enough to be included on Toronto's roster. He'll likely serve as a pinch-hitter, if at all, once the series begins.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Cavan Biggio went 2-for-4 with a home run and scored an additional run as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles by a 5-2 score on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Biggio is batting .253 with eight home runs, 28 RBI, 41 runs scored, and six stolen bases over 259 plate appearances. The 25-year-old second baseman is a must-own in 12 team fantasy leagues and deeper.

Category: Game Recaps

Lourdes Gurriel was removed from Saturday's game against the Orioles with a left foot contusion, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports. (Source: Hazel Mae on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Blue Jays labeled his removal as precautionary, but he may undergo testing after leaving the game. The 26-year-old outfielder will more than likely miss the game on Sunday and fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates.

Category: Injury Updates

Randal Grichuk went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run on Saturday as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles by a 5-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Grichuk didn't start the game, but he replaced Lourdes Gurriel, who had been injured, in left field in the top of the sixth. The 29-year-old outfielder is now hitting .274 with 12 homers, 35 RBI, and 37 runs scored over 227 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps

Anthony Bass pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Saturday to nail down the save for the Blue Jays as they beat the Orioles by a 5-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: Bass picked up his seventh save of the season. The veteran reliever has worked in multiple roles for the team this year and has a 3.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

T.J. Zeuch pitched five scoreless innings giving up just five hits in a no-decision in the Blue Jays' win over the Orioles on Saturday by a 5-2 score.

Fantasy Impact: This was the first start of the season for Zeuch who made three total appearances for the Jays. The 25-year-old righty finishes with a 1.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 11 1/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps