5 Players The Toronto Blue Jays Could Move If They Become Sellers
Over the course of the next month the Toronto Blue Jays will have to make a decision if they are going to be sellers at the deadline and perhaps try to recoup some of that minor league depth they dealt in the offseason. The current Blue Jays team is structured for a 3 year window to bring a winner north of the border however there is still some work to be done if that plan is going to matriculate.
The Blue Jays have sat bunkered in the basement of the American League East since almost day one and have yet to perform up to expectations. The only bright spot thus far is the over used bullpen who has been tremendous to date minimizing the damage as much as humanly possible. The resurgence of Brett Cecil and the consistency of Casey Janssen, Aaron Loup and Steve Delabar has paid huge dividends. It is disturbing to think where in the standings the Jays would be without the bullpen this season who at one point had logged more combined innings than the starting five hurlers.
So who could Alex Anthopoulos look to deal in an attempt to poster the Blue Jays for next season? Here are 5 players who could be sought after at the trade deadline:
1. Josh Johnson– The most obvious choice as he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end commanding huge money. Johnson just returned from the disabled list and if he can remain healthy could yield a healthy return for the Jays General Manager. JJ will need to improve on his 0-2 record and inflated 5.40 earned run average if the Jays plan on puling the trigger.
2. Darren Oliver– Could provide a veteran reliable lefty arm to a contending team however he has made it clear in the past that he would favour a Texas destination. The 42-year old also just returned from a short stint on the disabled list but has been a model of consistency again this year posting a 3.00 earned run average allowing 6 runs in 18 innings pitched this season out of the pen.
3. Adam Lind– He could be the ideal sell high candidate as he has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball over the last 6 weeks. Lind spent the last 3 seasons in baseball purgatory before waking from his slumber this season, depending on the return it may be worth pondering. Lind currently leads the team with a .346 batting average with a more patient approach although his power numbers are down.
4.Colby Rasmus– Shows flashes of greatness in the outfield and hits tape measure home runs with grace. However has yet to show any consistency at the plate striking out at a ridiculous rate. Currently 6th in the majors with 76 strikeouts and on pace to shatter his 149 whiffs from last season. The Jays could afford to deal Rasmus with Anthony Gose major league ready and chomping at the bit for major league at bats.
5. Rajai Davis– Could be a hot commodity for a small ball team in the National League with his game changing speed. Davis just returned from injury and appears healthy. Davis is hitting .297 in limited at bats with 10 stolen bases. Davis can turn a walk into a triple on two pitches and could garner some interest looking to beef up their team speed for a post season push.
Only time will tell what the “Silent Assassin” has up his sleeve but you can guarantee he has something cooking in an attempt to shake things up.