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What happens between now an the trade deadline?

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What will the Jays do between today and Sunday?

Will they be sellers?

No. Not a chance.

I mean, as always, if someone blows them away with an offer, something could happen. But teams don’t do that for rentals. Getting middling prospects back really doesn’t do much when we have a lot of good prospects coming up. If they were offered a prospect that moved the needle, great. But I doubt that happens for a rental.

I guess if someone took a liking to Lourdes Gurriel and offered a good deal, who knows. If someone offered a lot for Cavan Biggio, sure make the deal. I want to see Kevin Smith up anyway. Beyond that, or someone willing to take Randal, I really can’t see us as sellers.

Personally, I’d rather have the QO draft picks than anyone we are likely get back in trade for a rental. We are going to have to build up the next level of prospect in the system. It is harder to get great draft picks when you pick lower in the draft. I’m good with adding a couple more fairly high draft picks.

Buyers?

Well, I wouldn’t expect they would trade for any rental type. If they would get someone with some years of control, sure.

I always loved Joey Gallo. He was the guy I always tried to trade for in OOTP. A Gold Glove type right-fielders, who hits 40ish home runs and already has 74 walks this year? Hits left. The downside is he is a very low batting average hitter, but you can get away with a low average if you walk and hit homers.s

Richard Rodriguez? He isn’t a free agent until after 2023. If they could get him without giving up a ton, sure. But then, winning a bidding war for him might make the price high.

Eno Sarris, in the Athletic, has a list of ‘Eleven trades that need to be made’ and he has the Jays needing to trade for Joe Gray. Eno doesn’t suggest who goes to Denver in return. But he would be a rental. And, personally, I’d rather see Alek Manoah and Thomas Hatch stay in the rotation and learn how they can succeed in the majors, so I don’t want to see them come out of the rotation for a rental player.


I think it is far more likely that the team stay much the same, and then look to add in the off-season. The off-season tends to be a less emotional time to make a deal. They don’t have to make the decision now. They can relax and talk and reflect.

I’ll admit I hate the yelling of sell sell sell when we have no idea what offers might be. You just know that if they do sell, the complaints will be that they didn’t get enough.

But, knowing how this all works, as soon as I hit publish, something will happen.

Poll

Between now and the trade deadline the Jays will

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Trade for a people with some years of control
    (383 votes)
  • 4%
    Trade for a rental
    (32 votes)
  • 4%
    Trade away a player with some years of control
    (34 votes)
  • 5%
    Trade away a rental
    (40 votes)
  • 31%
    Pretty much stand pat
    (222 votes)
711 votes total Vote Now