Farrell wants Jays to be more aggressive

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:42 PM ET

DUNEDIN — If there is a strategic message new Blue Jays manager John Farrell will convey this spring, it’s that he doesn’t want to sit around waiting for a three-run homer.

“From a pure strategy standpoint,” he said Saturday, “I feel we have the ability to put pressure on our opposition a little bit more than the approach that’s been taken here in the past.

“I certainly want us to be more aggressive on the base paths. Whether it’s going first to third with more aggressiveness, picking opportunities to create more runs, that is an area that has a lot of room for improvement.”

Now that doesn’t mean you should pay big in your fantasy draft to get Jose Molina for a stolen base bonanza. This team is not going to be known anytime soon as the Go-Go Jays but Farrell believes there are ways to make a few more things happen on offence for a team that scored more than half its 757 runs last year via the home run.

“We’re not just going to turn everybody loose and try to steal bases.” said Farrell. “But we can be more aggressive. The addition of Rajai (Davis) gives us an additional speed component who can create some disruption on the basepaths. I think there are others among our returning players who are solid-average major-league runners who could be a little more aggressive on the base paths as well.”

Farrell wants that aggressive nature ingrained in the team’s philosophy as soon as possible.

“Situations will dictate what we do, but there’s no question I want to create an overall attitude here in Florida,” he said.


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