20 Things: The contention window isn’t going to open itself. When’s the right time to kick it open?

Welcome to Blue Jays Nation’s Season In Review. Instead of doing boring-ass, standard player-by-player reviews or handing out some arbitrary report cards, I’m going to talk about 20 things that are on my mind heading into 2020. Today, we have the contention window.
I wasn’t planning on writing about this topic until closer to free agency, but Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins’ end-of-season media availability kind of made it the topic de jour this week. When should the Blue Jays kick their contention window open?
Before I get into that, I’ll preface this topic with the reality that this Blue Jays team isn’t going to just stumble blindly into contention. We got to see the growth of a very exciting core this season featuring Bo Bichette, Vlad Jr., Lourdes Gurriel and Cavan Biggio, but that’s just a start. This Core Four (which could very likely expand to a Core Five in 2020 when Nate Pearson gets called up) is going to need some help.
If you were hoping for the Blue Jays to have an out-of-the-blue Braves-style breakout in 2020, you’ll more than likely be disappointed. Beyond the Jays having “put together an entire starting rotation and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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