Oct 17, 2020
3 offseason moves the Toronto Blue Jays must make after early playoff exit
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After a return to the postseason this year, here are three moves the Toronto Blue Jays must make this offseason.
The expanded MLB postseason format worked to the benefit of the Toronto Blue Jays, as they made a return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 under second-year manager Charlie Montoyo.
A promising trio of young infielders, who also happen to be the sons of former major leaguers — Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette — will lead the way for the Blue Jays into the future. There will be challenges, and it’s unclear if they’ll be able to play in Toronto next season right now. But the Blue Jays are in the bottom-10 in payroll on the books for 2021 at this point, and general manager Ross Atkins has hinted at the possibility of another significant move after signing Hyun Jin Ryu last offseason.
“I think we are in a position where we could add to this team with talent that is condensed in one player and a super high impact,” he said. “We’re going to continue to think about how we can build upon this group, and hopefully it’s both complementary as well as making as making a really high impact.”
To navigate back to the top of the AL East, the Blue Jays will have to be bold over the next couple offseasons. Here are three moves they should make this offseason.3. Sign Andrelton Simmons
The Blue Jays reportedly checked on Simmons as the 2020 trade deadline approached, before pivoting to Jonathan Villar. Simmons is going to be a free agent, and as soon as the Angels were all but formally eliminated from playoff contention, he opted out of the rest of the season. It’s unclear if that decision with a week to go in the season will be a black mark on him when he hits the market.
Simmons is a four-time Gold Glover, and he holds his own with a bat in his hands (.297/.346/.356 slash-line in 30 games this season). A look at FanGraphs’ defensive leaders at shortstop from 2012-20 shows Simmons lapping his peers in Defensive Runs Saved (191), UZR (113.6), DRS/1,000 innings (20.9) and UZR/150 (17.1). His career bWAR is 36.6.
Left ankle problems have limited Simmons the last two seasons (103 games in 2019), so 2017’s 19 stolen bases may not be coming back, and even double-digit steals may be a tough bargain. His sprint speed, according to Statcast, has progressively fallen from the 62nd percentile in 2017 to the 32nd percentile this season.
The Blue Jays should welcome Simmons’ defense at shortstop, and if he can get healthier than he has been the last two seasons, he should have plenty left all-around at 31 years old. Bo Bichette would move off shortstop to accommodate Simmons for a couple seasons, likely to third base/second base as he and Cavan Biggio could rotate between those two spots. Upgrading with an outside option at third base is possible, but adding Simmons is a better move. Even if it means shifting Bichette to another position.Next: No. 2 Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse
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Laura Sagra Flaunts Incredible Dance Moves In A Plunging Crop Top And Sweat Pants
Colombian Instagram model Laura Sagra impressed her 957,000 followers with her recent post. The update, which was posted on Monday, October 19 showed the celebrity dancing away to the Jerusalem Dance Challenge while wearing a skimpy crop top.
Laura wore a plunging black crop top that revealed plenty of the model’s cleavage as she danced along in time to the music. She teamed this with gray-and-white tie-dyed sweat pants.
When the video started, Laura stepped forward toward the camera in preparation for her performance. Her long blond locks were straightened and parted to the side, hanging down over her back as she started to sway her hips from side to side.
As the music progressed, Laura then performed a series of complicated moves. She ducked down low and swung her arms about quickly as she completed the challenge. At the end of the clip, she turned sideways and wriggled her booty as she pouted suggestively for her intended audience.
Her caption was written in Spanish. However, according to a Google translation, the model stated that she was participating in the Jerusalem Dance Challenge. According to Neuvo Periodico, this latest viral craze sees people performing specific dance moves associated with the “Jerusalem” song by South African Master KG.
As soon as Laura posted the video, her followers were quick to respond. Within five hours, the clip had already racked up 18,500 likes and plenty of comments from her adoring fans.View this post on Instagram
No es que baile muy bien ???????? Pero creo que me salió un poquito este challenge ????
A post shared by LAURA SAGRA (@laura_sagra) on Oct 19, 2020 at 11:44am PDT
Many of Laura’s supporters responded in other languages regarding the celebrity’s latest update. The terms “hermosa” and “bonita” were in regular use. According to a Google translation, these words mean “beautiful” and “pretty” respectively.
“I thought it was pretty good. Better [than] I could do as I may hurt myself swinging my arms like that. Keep dancing and having fun. Your smile is amazing,” one follower wrote in the comments section.
“Lovely,” another user simply stated.
“I love you FOREVER,” a third person declared, also using a variety of emoji for added emphasis.
In order to avoid the language barrier, many of her followers opted to use emoji rather than words in response to the clip. The most popular appeared to be the fire, heart-eyes, and heart ones. However, the peach and drooling emoji were also in frequent use.
Laura often shows off her enviable figure while wearing bathing suits. As reported by The Inquisitr, last week she flaunted her killer curves while wearing a pale purple strapless bikini as she posed in front of the ocean.