The non-waiver trade deadline officially passed at 4:00pm (EST) and as expected, the Toronto Blue Jays remained quiet, choosing not to make a deal before the clock struck zero.
That does not mean that Alex Anthopoulos and his team were not busy during the scrum, the team fielded plenty of phone calls for some of their bullpen arms and purportedly continued to receive calls from the Texas Rangers in regards to Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, but to no avail.
Rangers have continued to ask about Encarnacion and Bautista, but still appears that Blue Jays won't trade either one.
— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) July 31, 2013
They also checked in on a number of players, including Howie Kendrick of the Los Angeles Angels, in an attempt to start looking ahead toward the 2014 campaign, but found the prices much higher than they were willing to consider.
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 31, 2013
In the end, the Blue Jays opted to stand pat for this deadline and will turn their attention toward ending this season on an up note. However, if things continue along the current path, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Toronto to revisit the trade market during the waiver period through August. However, the likelihood that the Blue Jays can sneak any significant trade pieces through the wire would be slim.
The reaction to Toronto’s silence has been somewhat mixed as I peruse Twitter. Here are just a few samples:
The trade deadline has passed and it's all quiet on the Blue Jays front. Not sure how I feel about that.
— Scott Munro (@KiltedMoose) July 31, 2013
— Igor Henriques (@IgorSNET590) July 31, 2013
For the 12th time in the last 13 seasons, the #BlueJays didn't make a trade on the July 31st deadline.
— Sportsnet Ticker (@SportsnetTicker) July 31, 2013
So how do you feel about the Blue Jays silence? Do you think they should have made a move or do you think they were wise to hold onto what they have?