How the latest Blue Jays news could impact the rest of the SF Giants offseason

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Are the Toronto Blue Jays done making moves this winter? Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada reports that there is a "good chance" they are done making major additions to the roster. How does this impact the SF Giants offseason?

How the latest Blue Jays news could impact the rest of the SF Giants offseason

This could affect the Giants in more ways than one. The Blue Jays have made a few notable additions this winter, including re-signing Kevin Kiermaier while adding Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Justin Turner.

They also went through the pain that Giants fans know all too well. For a few minutes in December, it was believed that Shohei Ohtani was joining the Blue Jays as speculation ran wild. However, that turned out to be false and Ohtani ended up signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers the very next day. The Giants went through this with the "Arson Judge" fiasco last winter.

Going from potentially landing Ohtani to adding a trio of solid players is... rough. That said, they still won 89 games in 2023 and will enter this season with much of the same roster intact. The notable changes could include Brandon Belt and Matt Chapman.

After signing Turner, it is likely that the Blue Jays are out on Belt. Belt is coming off of a solid and the Texas Rangers have reportedly considered adding the 13-year veteran.

The Turner addition likely also takes the Blue Jays out of the running for power bat Jorge Soler. Toronto was seen as a potential landing spot for the right-handed bat but they no longer have a spot for him. On the other hand, the Giants have reportedly expressed interest in Soler according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Perhaps, the bigger impact if the Blue Jays are done making additions to the roster is that they are no longer targeting Chapman. Of course, things can change quickly, especially if Chapman's asking price changes. However, one MLB insider recently described the veteran third baseman's market as down to the Giants and the Chicago Cubs.

Chapman rejected a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays earlier in the offseason, so either team would lose a compensatory pick and international bonus pool money in signing the seven-year veteran. For the Giants, they have not signed a player who rejected a qualifying since they added Jeff Samardzija in 2015.

Interestingly, the Cubs seem more focused on bringing back Cody Bellinger on a long-term deal. They could pivot to Chapman if they cannot bring back their top target. That said, it feels Chapman's inner market is down to just the Giants and his agent, Scott Boras, is trying to create competition that might not exist.

Spring training is only a couple of weeks away, so the top names will come off of the board soon enough. For the Giants, it feels their chances of signing Chapman can only go up if Toronto is no longer involved.