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The Blue Jays aren't only ready to compete now — they're built to lastThere is so much that can go wrong over a 162-game MLB season — especially in the loaded AL East. It’s a good thing, then, that the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t just all-in for 2022. The team is primed to contend for years to come.

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Star-studded core including Guerrero Jr, Bichette locked in for long term

Myles Dichter · CBC Sports(Mike Carlson/The Associated Press)

There is plenty of hype surrounding the 2022 Toronto Blue Jays — and rightfully so.

By all measures, Canada's lone MLB team has the makings of a World Series contender.

The Jays boast one of the best lineups in baseball, led by MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr., former World Series MVP George Springer and shortstop Bo Bichette.

Their rotation goes five strong, featuring last season's marquee trade deadline addition Jose Berrios as ace and free-agent signing Kevin Gausman (formerly of the San Francisco Giants) as a top-tier No. 2.

The bullpen, like most, comes with question marks. But Canadian closer Jordan Romano equipped himself well in his first year in the role last season, and he's set for ninth-inning duty once again.

"I love the energy of this group," manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters earlier this week. "They believe they can win. You don't teach that. They have it in them. I think that's why I feel good about this club. It's their mentality."
  • THE BUZZERIs this the Blue Jays' year?

The contender status is reflected in both statistical projections and betting odds. But what those numbers also tell us is that there's a great likelihood Toronto will not win the 2022 World Series.

ZiPS, Fangraphs' trusted projection model, has the Blue Jays pencilled in for the same 88 wins as their division rival New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.

There is so much that can go wrong over a 162-game MLB season — especially in the loaded AL East.

It's a good thing, then, that the Blue Jays aren't just all-in for 2022. The team is primed to contend for years to come.

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