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The Blue Jays Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Yankees

Devon Platana
The Toronto Blue Jays should steal free-agent 1B Anthony Rizzo away from the New York Yankees.
The Toronto Blue Jays should steal free-agent 1B Anthony Rizzo away from the New York Yankees. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The AL East will be one of the most competitive divisions on all of Major League Baseball again in 2022. If the Toronto Blue Jays want to be in the thick of the division race throughout the season, they must flesh out their roster via free agency ahead of Opening Day.

The Blue Jays could use another reliable bat to help them keep up with their division rivals. That's why they should pursue free-agent first baseman Anthony Rizzo because he'd help improve Toronto's roster while stealing a valuable piece away from the New York Yankees in the process.

Blue Jays Free Agency

The three-time MLB All-Star and former World Series champion has a lot going for him that Toronto should like. For starters, he brings 1,406 games of experience with him, along with four Gold Glove awards, three All-Star appearances and a World Series ring from 2016.

Rizzo also enjoyed a solid showing in a 2021 MLB campaign split between the Yankees and Chicago Cubs. He finished the year with 22 home runs, 61 RBIs and a .248/.344/.440 slash line in 496 at-bats over 141 games.

Adding Rizzo to the roster would give the Blue Jays the option of rolling him or Vladimir Guerrero Jr. out at first base on any given night. With one of them at first and the other occupying the universal designated hitter spot, Toronto could give most teams a run for their money.

The Blue Jays are tied with the Yankees for the fifth-best 2022 World Series odds (+1200), according to FanDuel Sportsbook. By adding Rizzo, Toronto could give itself some separation from New York while further cementing its championship odds along the way.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.