It’s been a while since the Toronto Blue Jays have had an elite 3rd baseman. Josh Donaldson, during his stint with the Jays (2015-18) was the second player in franchise history to be named American League MVP. Well I have some great news for you! The Toronto Blue Jays have finally got a star at 3rd base: Matt Chapman
By trading for Chapman, the Jays are addressing one of the biggest holes on their roster. As reported by Jon Morosi & Carlos Baerga, the Jays will be sending the Oakland Athletics four prospects: Gunnar Hoglund, Kevin Smith, Zach Logue and Kirby Snead. Seems like a slam dunk deal, considering that Chapman was an All-Star in 2019 and is a three-time Gold Glove winner (2018, 19, 21). This deal immediately bolsters a high powered offensive and shores up a current need for a sure handed 3rd baseman with a powerful swing.
However, we should not overlook Chapman’s drop in average since 2018 when he was hitting a career high .278. In 2021, Chapman averaged only .210, with 27 home runs and 72 RBIs, with more than 200 strikeouts. That being said, many hitters last season saw a dramatic drop in offensive statistics, so we must give Matt Chapman the benefit of doubt.
Blue Jays hectic offseason so far: At this moment, the Jays have lost Robbie Ray and an excellent infielder in Marcus Semien to free agency. However they have fortified their rotation by re-signing Jose Berrios and signing Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kikuchi. At the moment, this seems to be one of the best rotations in the American League. Fingers crossed.