This Canadian native gets another chance with the Blue Jays.

Joey Votto’s baseball story will continue with a ‘minor’ adjustment!

DUNEDIN, Fla. — There are a few layers to the Joey Votto signing, which should become official once the Etobicoke, Ont., native passes a physical in the coming days.

The narrative — Canadian kid signs with the Toronto Blue Jays team he grew up cheering for — is undeniably a compelling one. Does Votto have one last impact season in him? Could he cap off a Hall of Fame career by helping the Blue Jays in the playoffs? Maybe a big hit in front of a sold out Rogers Centre with the season on the line?

But here on March 8, we’re a long way from any of that. Many questions must be answered first, such as: is he fully healed from the biceps and left rotator cuff surgeries that impacted the start of his 2023 season? Or the shoulder discomfort that slowed him toward the end of last year? With less than three weeks remaining before opening day, will the 40-year-old Votto be ready to hit against the game’s best arms?

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