The 2021 MLB season is already a month old and the Toronto Blue Jays have managed a .500 record despite a plethora of injuries to key players.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looks like one of the best hitters in baseball, Randal Grichuk has been a consistent presence in the lineup, and the bullpen has been dominant despite missing Kirby Yates, Julian Merryweather and others.
So while the current iteration of the Blue Jays is holding its own, it's always fun to check in and see how past players are performing. Here's a look at how some notable exes are faring one month into the 2021 campaign.
Josh Donaldson, Minnesota Twins
17 GP | 2 HR | 7 RBI | .268/.354/.446
Donaldson's first year with the Twins after signing a $92-million contract was reduced to just 28 games due to calf problems. He gave Minnesota fans a scare when he pulled up with a hamstring strain on opening day but he was able to return less than two weeks later. At age 35, his MVP-calibre days are likely behind him, but he still possesses an elite bat. There will always be a chance of rain in the forecast whenever he suits up.
Marcus Stroman, New York Mets
5 GP | 1.86 ERA | 29 innings | 23 strikeouts | 6 walks
After opting out of the shortened 2020 season, Stroman is back pitching for the Mets on a one-year qualifying offer. He's certainly setting himself up for a hefty contract in free agency this time around, looking like the all-star version of himself. The New York native has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his five starts this year while displaying his typical passion and flare on the mound.