The Blue Jays snapped their lengthy playoff drought by winning the AL East last fall, and they have no intention of starting a new one for at least one more year. While it could very well be the final season of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion in Toronto, let's not look too far ahead, as they still have that one year of dingers and bat flips to look forward to. Plus, Marcus Stroman is back, and he is ready to lead this rotation to October once more.
Marcus Stroman was on the 2015 Blue Jays, but only briefly since he spent all but four starts working his way back from his ACL injury. The Jays are hoping a full season of Stroman atop the rotation will make it easier to deal with losing out on David Price to a division rival.
All additions: J.A. Happ, Drew Storen, Jesse Chavez, Gavin Floyd
While the Blue Jays got just 11 starts and 74 innings out of David Price, they were phenomenal and a significant reason for their pulling away in the East. They've found ways to replace Price by improving the back-end of the rotation and getting Marcus Stroman back, but anyone losing Price would miss him.
All departures: David Price, Ben Revere, Liam Hendriks
Marcus Stroman steps up, J.A. Happ isn't just a Pirates-based mirage, and the middle-of-the-order that is Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, and Troy Tulowitzki continues to do terrible, terrible things to opposing pitchers. A deeper bullpen also helps make up for the loss of David Price, and the Jays win their second consecutive AL East title.
Nothing will be more disappointing than wasting what will very likely be the final season of either Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista on the Blue Jays, if not both. If Marco Estrada can't repeat his 2015, J.A. Happ falters without Pirates' coaching and PNC Park, and R.A. Dickey shows his age, then that's just what will happen.
Lineup: Kevin Pillar, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Troy Tulowitzki, Russell Martin, Chris Colabello, Michael Saunders, Ryan Goins
Rotation: Marcus Stroman, Marco Estrada, R.A. Dickey, J.A. Happ, Aaron Sanchez